Le Stéréothèque a court foyer

Le Stéréothèque was Mattey’s first tray-based multiple-view stereoscope. After its introduction in 1903 , it remained Mattey’s most advanced stereoscope for over 20 years, after which it was replaced by Le Métascope. The crank driven mechanism is bi-directional. The two metal fingers that lift the slide from the tray are attached to a metal disc.… Continue reading Le Stéréothèque a court foyer

Mattey revolving stereoscope

The Mattey revolving stereoscope is an early 20th century deluxe rotary viewer, built by Stéréoscopes A. Mattey from Paris. The viewer supports paper and glass stereoviews in the formats 45x107mm and 6x13cm. The stereoscope is a revolving chain type model, based on a patent from 1857 by Alexander Beckers from New York[1]. This type was… Continue reading Mattey revolving stereoscope

Mattey “Le Nain”

Le Nain is a curious stereo viewer manufactured by A. Mattey from Paris. It is a cross between a handheld and multiview stereoscope and supports 45x107mm glass stereoviews. “Le Nain” means “Dwarf” and emphasizes the compact design of the stereoscope. To understand the idea behind the design, a translated quote from the 1922 Mattey catalog: The current multiview stereoscopes… Continue reading Mattey “Le Nain”


The stereographoscope is a combined graphoscope and stereoscope. This one is a French model, most likely manufactured by A. Mattey from Paris. The stereographoscope was a British invention. The first design was patented on 1 February 1864 by Charles John Rowsell[1]. It was a large viewer consisting of a large magnifying glass for viewing normal… Continue reading Stereographoscope

Mattey Métascope

The Unis France Métascope is one of the stereoscopes from the very extensive product range of A. Mattey. Mattey sold its products using different trademarks. The more high-quality products were sold with the Unis France brand. The Métascope was introduced in the early 1920s[2]. The model in this post is suitable for viewing 45x107mm glass… Continue reading Mattey Métascope

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