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Megalethoscope, 1862.

Megalethoscope, 1862.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


Invented by the Italian photographer Carlo Ponti, the Megalethoscope derives its name from a combination of 'mega' (large) and 'scope' (view). This sums up precisely what this object is; a large and extremely elaborate viewer for photographic prints.

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