Diffraction Chromoscope

Diffraction Chromoscope

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Frederic Eugene Ives (1856-1937) was an American inventor who was particularly interested in color photography. He patented a diffraction chromoscope in 1908. The inscription on a metal tag on this example reads “THE SCIENTIFIC SHOP / CHICAGO.”
Albert Brown Porter (1864-1909) was a graduate of Purdue University who did graduate work in physics at The Johns Hopkins University, and then taught physics at the Armour Institute (1894-1903). He then established The Scientific Shop, a firm that made and sold precision instruments.
Ref: Frederick Ives, “Diffraction Chromoscope,” U.S. Patent 339,369 (September 8, 1908).
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Object Name
Diffraction Chromoscope
Scientific Shop
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
box: 16 in x 3 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 40.64 cm x 8.255 cm x 8.255 cm
overall in box: 4 11/16 in x 3 3/8 in x 18 1/2 in; 11.90625 cm x 8.5725 cm x 46.99 cm
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Gift of the University of Michigan Department of Physics
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National Museum of American History
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