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Antique Stereoscope Viewer and Stereoscopic Cards 1897
Stereoscopes and stereoscopic cards were popular from around the 1850’s until early in the 20th century. They consisted of two photographs, each about 3 inches square, mounted on board about 7 inches x 3.5 inches. They were viewed through a stereoscope to give a 3D image.
Up for sale is this antique vintage hand held wood & metal Victorian stereoscope viewer carrier and slide carrier is 13” x 5 ½” with a folding handle. The back side of the handle attachment has "Pat’d April 20, Sept. 28, 1897.
The slider works well. The metal is secure and the lenses are clear with no chips or cracks. The vintage stereoscope viewer has some general wear, especially on edges. A section of the velvet lining the edge of the hood has come unglued in a couple of spots.But overall condition of the viewer is very good especially considering it’s been around for 114 years.
This antique stereoscope and stereoscopic cards belonged to my grandmother who was born in the 1890’s. The 13 cards are from the Century Photo-View Co. in Midland, MI. Most of the cards are the Michigan series and pictures are of Traverse City, MI. The stereoscopic cards are:
The Hannah & Lay Flouring Mill - Town and Harbor From Fort Mackinac Island - Oval Dish and Bietner’s Factories - Illinois and Columbia ships at Dock - Traverse City High School - The Asylum - Union St. and East Front St.
One picture is of Louisiana Purchase Exhibition St. Louis 1904. There is a stereoscopic card of children sledding and one that looks like a school’s football team.
All of the sepiatone photographic stereoview pictures have a slight bow to them and the cardboard is aged. All of the pictures are clear and easy to see in the stereoscope viewer. One picture has the corner missing. The pictures are actually in remarkably good condition as is the stereoscope viewer. This stereoscope viewer with photograph cards would make a nice accent to your décor or addition to your collection.
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