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- Date of production 1901–1914
- Place of creation Austro-Hungary
- Dimensions height: 19 x 11.5 x 15 cm
- ID no. MHF 362/I
- Object copyright Museum of Photography in Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska’s Virtual Museums project
The stereoscopic viewer of Brewster’s system for stereoscopic photos (slides), in the single 7 x 7 cm image format, was manufactured in Austria-Hungary in the early twentieth century...more
The stereoscopic viewer of Brewster’s system for stereoscopic photos (slides), in the single 7 x 7 cm image format, was manufactured in Austria-Hungary in the early twentieth century.
Beginning the 1860s, the fashion for stereoscopic viewing was accompanied by the popular commercial success of stereoscopic photos, stuck on cardboard. The most popular sets presented the views of cities, monuments, and exotic landscapes, as well as scenes staged in front of the lens with the participation of appropriately posed actors. To be able to enjoy three-dimensional views, you had to have a suitable viewer equipped with glasses with specially shaped lenses.
The body of the viewer is made of wood covered with graining (an imitation of wood with a specific pattern of growth rings, called a burl) and polish. The stereoscopic image inserted into the viewer was watched through an eyepiece made of brass tubes, finished with wooden lacquered lens attachment caps. The stereoscopic photographic prints were illuminated by a movable mirror mounted on the top. Conversely, the glass slide could be viewed thanks to the light penetrating the matt window attached to the back.
Elaborated by Marek Maszczak (Museum of Photography in Kraków), © all rights reserved