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Le Platoscope is a basic stereo camera that was made by an unknown manufacturer and sold by Photo-Plait and other retailers. The camera was introduced during the First World War as a “sensational novelty”. Le Platoscope was promoted by Photo-Plait with the slogan “for the soldier and the beginner in photography”1. The camera shares similarities with Jules Richard’s Glyphoscope but misses the features needed to be used as a stereoscope. Le Platoscope was purchased with six plate holders and weighed 275 grammes, much less than the weight of the Glyphoscope Model 1 (430 grammes). It is unknown how popular this camera was among soldiers, but its compact shape and weight made it very easy to fit in a soldier’s backpack.


Year of introduction:1917
Year of manufacture:c. 1925
Type:Stereo camera
Serial number:11083
Negative type:Glass
Negative format:45 x 107 mm
Serial number lens:None
Lens aperture:Three apertures
Focus:Fixed focus
Shutter:5 shutter speeds and P setting
Dimensions (L x W x H):13 x 9 x 5.5 cm
Construction:Metal with leather cover
Other features:Le Platoscope Paris engraved

Glossary: negative


  1. Photo-Plait (1917) Catalogue Général April 1917, p. 24. ↩︎