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Wheatstone stereo photographic viewer, c 1870.

Wheatstone stereo photographic viewer, c 1870.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm


Detail. Invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), the scientist who put forward the principle of the stereoscope, this device contained a band of stereoscopic photographs, posed to simulate movement, fitted around a drum. The drum was rotated intermittently, giving the viewer an impresion of movement.

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