Stéréoscope Simple

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Le Stéréoscope Simple is a 45 x 107 mm hand-held viewer that was part of Jules Richard’s Vérascope product range. Vérascope labeled products were exclusively for the 45 x 107 mm stereo glass format that Jules Richard introduced in 1893.


Manufacturer:Jules Richard
Year of introduction:c. 1900
Year of manufacture:c. 1900–c.1940
Serial number:None
Stereoview support:Glass
Stereoview format:45 x 107 mm
Lens focussing:Yes
Inter-ocular adjustment:No
Eyepiece blinders:No
Dimensions (L x W x H):15 x 10.5 x 7 cm
Construction:Burr walnut
Other features:Plate with Stéréoscope – Vues prises avec le Vérascope Richard.

Jules Richard
Félix Richard (1809–1876) established in 1845 a company that was specialised in the manufacturing of barometers. Jules Richard (1948–1930) took over the management of his father’s company in 1876, and patented in 1880 the first reliable barometer that could permanently record air pressure. The barometer became very successful, and the company at 25, Rue Mélingue in Paris started to grow. Richard introduced the compact 45 x 107 mm glass stereoview format and Vérascope stereo camera in 1893. It became a great success and the Vérascope became the best-selling stereo camera of its time. A product line was created around the new format, with a wide range of cameras, stereoscopes and accessories in different price ranges. The company became the leading brand of stereoscopy products and brought stereo photography within the range of amateurs. Their product names, such as Vérascope and Taxiphote, were commonly used as synonyms for stereo cameras and stereo viewers of all kinds.
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