Stereoscope

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
stereoscope
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13 1/2 in x 5 in x 8 3/4 in; 34.29 cm x 12.7 cm x 22.225 cm
ID Number
PG*68.0064
catalog number
1982.0545.03
accession number
1982.0545
catalog number
68.0064
subject
Civil War
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Civil War
Photography
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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