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Object Name Stereoscope,
Subject Arts, Culture & Heritage
Domestic Life
Furnishings and Accessories
Hobbies & Recreation
Technological Developments
Category 10: Unclassifiable Artifacts
Sub-category Need to Classify
Accession Number 1972.070.145 a-b
Donor Anthony Taulbut
Description Stereoscope for viewing pictures, 2 glasswindows, tooled handle on bottom, 5 brass tacks hold eyeguard
Provenance The stereoscope was a form of home entertainment that was popular from the 1850s to the 1930s. An illustrated card called a stereograph, displaying both a left-eye and right-eye image was inserted in the end. Once the device was held up to the eyes and viewed through the viewfinder, the brain would blend the two images creating a 3D illusion.
Stereographers were sent all over the world, gathering illustrated and later photographic images that would delight viewers who might never have the opportunity to see such scenes.