Unis France Stereoscope

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A basic hand-held stereoscope for 6 x 13 cm glass stereoviews. With this stereoscope, Mattey offered a simple stereoscope for an affordable price. The 45 x 107 mm model was often included in wooden boxes containing collections of 100 or 200 glass stereoviews.

The Unis France logo is engraved in the front panel. Unis France was a collective trademark to guarantee the French origin of high-quality products, made by different companies. The trademark was issued by the Union Nationale Inter-Syndicale des Marques Collectives, which was founded during the First World War on 9 December 1915. Over 3,000 French industrialists were granted to use the label in 19341. A numbering system was set up to identify the members. Two numbers were used, and were visible on the left and right sides of the label. In the case of Mattey, the numbers were 76 (syndicate number) and 3 (user number).

Specifications

Manufacturer:Mattey, Paris
Year of introduction:c. 1910
Year of manufacture:c. 1920
Type:Hand-held
Viewer:Single-view
Serial number:None
Stereoview support:Glass
Stereoview format:6 x 13 cm
Lens focussing:Yes
Inter-ocular adjustment:No
Eyepiece blinders:No
Dimensions (L x W x H):15.5 x 11 x 7 cm
Construction:Wood

Mattey
Mattey was one of the leading manufacturers of stereoscopes in France. The company offered the widest range of stereoscopes of all manufacturers. The company was founded in 1872, but its expansion began with the establishment of Société Mattey père et fils on 31 December 1902. The names behind the company were André Élie Victor Mattey (1844–1919), and his son Albert Georges Mattey (1873–1940). Mattey’s business grew through acquisitions. In 1902, the company acquired Maison Legendre. Fouquet was acquired in 1908 and Pennard in 1911. These were renowned stereoscope manufacturers, and Mattey referred to these companies in his catalogues. These acquisitions also explained Mattey’s large product range, as devices from the acquired manufacturers were continued by the merged company.

Société Mattey père et fils was dissolved on 1 January 1912, and the company was continued by Albert Georges as Stéréoscopes A. Mattey. The company was located at 208, Rue Saint-Maur in Paris from 1906 but moved to 15, Rue Clavel in 1936. After the Second World War, the company continued as Société des Anciens Établissements A. Mattey. It still manufactured stereoscopes in 1952, although the heydays of stereoscopy were over by then. Mattey’s products were also branded Unis France, a collective trademark to guarantee the French origin of high-quality products, made by different companies.
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References

  1. Venetsianos, P. (2014) Unis France: A Collective Trade Mark, Not a Manufacturer! ↩︎

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