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    These little gadgets have peaked some interest for me, it seems like everything that interests me is pre-1930 (except for woman). These are called stereo viewers they were all the rage from approximately 1860 - 1920 and were made by the thousands. Before people could travel easily these viewers and their cards showed people the world, there are boxed sets of cards from almost everywhere, naturally taken by black and white cameras but some of them got painted or colorized at a later date. It is estimated that about 20% of people won't be able to see these in 3D. I have purchased 2 of these viewers, this is the first one I unpacked pat. date 1895 some parts 1883 made by Perfecscope in the USA but pat. in other countries also, I will post several pictures of this one that came with 16 cards, these things are reasonably priced on eBay.

    "We are all born ignorant, but one must work very hard to remain stupid".
    - Ben Franklin

  • #2
    Years ago I used to use one every time we visited my relatives.
    The 3D effect was quite fascinating.
    I also bought two of them from ebay about 15 years ago.
    I keep looking for cards with old cars and steam trains, but haven't had much luck.


    • #3
      I remember being fascinated with these as a kid when I visited at great grandma’s. I bought one at a flea market many years ago. Found a lot of cards, but don’t recall seeing many with cars or trains. Mostly they were scenic vistas, tourist sites, etc. Then there were the occasional risqué series; these always seemed to be from France!


      • #4
        Tom, I have seen cards with trains pulling into a station they are usually in sets, individual cards are very expensive if they are found if I run across and info on these I will let you know as I am on eBay most days looking at cards. Cars may be hard to find because I think most of these cards were made prior to 1920.
        "We are all born ignorant, but one must work very hard to remain stupid".
        - Ben Franklin


        • #5
          Tom Wesenberg I have just had a brilliant idea, Why not make the stereo cards you want, there are many 3D cameras for sale on eBay, prices are reasonable. Trains and cars are on display in many places, if you use black and white film they will look old, this is worth a thought and maybe a money maker for you down the road.

          "We are all born ignorant, but one must work very hard to remain stupid".
          - Ben Franklin


          • #6
            Way to think outside the “box” camera Bob.
            Twiss Collector Car Parts


            • #7
              LOL Jay
              "We are all born ignorant, but one must work very hard to remain stupid".
              - Ben Franklin


              • #8
                Here is my second viewer, just unpacked yesterday, A "SATURN" pat 1883 and 1895, both viewers have several pat. dates, it seems the early date is for a particular part and the later date for the viewer itself. I now have the 2 viewers and about 150 cards so my collection is complete. (unless Tom buys a camera and makes cards)

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                "We are all born ignorant, but one must work very hard to remain stupid".
                - Ben Franklin


                • #9
                  Did Jamey make that for you Bob ?
                  Model A's and of course the famous AA's


                  • #10
                    LOL, and yet another job for Jamey!
                    "We are all born ignorant, but one must work very hard to remain stupid".
                    - Ben Franklin


                    • #11
                      Ten years ago I looked on ebay at the stereo cameras, but it never went further than the thought of buying one.
                      A person could take lots of nice stereo pictures of our old cars and steam trains.


                      • #12
                        Possibly a learning curve on these cameras, they are not point and shoot. Would have to understand and know how to use a light meter, and have an understanding how shutter speed and aperture affects field of focus. I do not know if there is info specific to taking pictures with a "stereoscopic" camera. But a 35mm camera without a built in light meter, have to know a few things.

                        I remember my uncle, the family photographer in the 50/60s taking forever to use a hand held light meter to get his light readings and adjusting the camera while those in the picture patiently waited for him to take pictures.

                        People born in the 60s and beyond would have to be an photographer enthusiast to know this info.


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