A device used for viewing stereographs. Stereographs are cards with two photographs beside each other, which, when looked at through the stereograph, give the user 3D views of the subject.
Stereoscopes were first made in the 1840s and became very popular when they found favour with Queen Victoria at the Great Exhibition in 1851. Stereoscopes were used for entertainment, education and tourism/travel and were the predecessor to television and the internet.
1900 was the year most families enjoyed the use of the stereoscope. The toy offered a three dimensional view to all the people who used it. When you place two pictures into the viewer and bring it a certain distance from your eyes, it will make the picture gain three dimensions. This allowed the person using the stereoscope to escape into a far away place that they normally wouldn't have been able to visit. So it was not uncommon to see the use of stereoscopes in most homes in the 1900's around the New Zealand countryside because of its popularity.
manufacturer: Perfecscope, USA
max dimension: 310mm
subject area: Social Science, Science, Technology, English & Languages
specific themes: Entertainment, Education, Travel, Tourism, Technology
handling collection number: HC170
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