Item 2018.09.02.038 - Combination graphoscope and stereoscope viewer (Nelson Wood & Company)

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Combination graphoscope and stereoscope viewer (Nelson Wood & Company)

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  • [ca.1850] (Manufacturing)
    Nelson Wood & Company

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1 piece of photographic viewing equipment : 1 stereoscope ; 30 x 30 x 48 cm

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Item is a wooden and metal combination graphoscope and stereoscope. Glass is framed by detailed floral carving. Body is able to fold onto itself and stand on a floral engraved stand. Graphoscope is a viewing device used to enlarge photographs and text. Item is a made of a magnifying glass in a wooden frame and can collapse into a compact form. Whereas the Stereoscope was used to view two nearly identical photographs, or stereographs, as one three dimensional image. The stereograph would be placed in the card holder and adjusted to fit the user's vision until the two images overlap to mimic a three-dimensional effect.

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Glass on slide holder has a crack, wooden carving details have started to crack and separate. Some parts have been glued back on but not well.

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Collected by the late Dr. Martin J. Bass and Gail Silverman Bass and donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives by Gail Bass in 2018


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