Fairchild Folding Stereoscope


With stereoscopic photography, two overlapping aerial photos are viewed simultaneously, giving a 3D effect and greater detail than would a single photo. The technique was widely used during the 1930s and during World War II, by the U.S. Army Air Force, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, and perhaps other federal agencies as well. Much of the equipment was made by the Fairchild Aerial Camera Corp. (est. in 1920) and the Fairchild Aviation Corporation (est. in 1924).

Ref: Lieutenant Commander L. W. Swanson, Topographic Manual. Part II Photogrammetry (Washington, D.C., 1949), pp. 29-30.

“The Stereoscope in Aerial Photography,” Fairchild Bulletin.

Instruction booklet from Fairchild Aviation.

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: ZZ.RSN79707N11

Object Name: Stereoscope, Magnifying, U.S. Geological Survey

Physical Description: wood (case material)Measurements: overall: 48.2 cm x 13.6 cm x 16.3 cm; 19 in x 5 3/8 in x 6 7/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-244d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_700037

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