A stereoscope, like this one, and stereoviews provided the public with captivating three-dimensional views of the Civil War to experience at home. Stereoviews were produced using cameras with two lenses, through which the photographer took two pictures. When viewed side-by-side on a stereoscope, these pictures were perceived as one three-dimensional image. Stereoscopes came in a variety of styles and were handsomely designed to blend in with Victorian parlor decor. Some were handheld devices, some were freestanding, others were housed in attractive tabletop cabinets.
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wood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 13 1/2 in x 5 in x 8 3/4 in; 34.29 cm x 12.7 cm x 22.225 cm
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Civil War
Civil War
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Civil War
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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