Watch Education and Marketing Coordinator, Melissa, as she describes her artifact pick: a stereographoscope from the Regional Collection.
The stereographoscope was a very popular household item in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1900 it is estimated that every household would have had a stereoscope.
The bottom section with two lenses is the stereoscope, used for viewing 3D images. The larger lense on the top is the graphoscope, which is a magnifying glass set into the wooden frame to enhance images such as cartes de visite.
The top of the stereographoscope lifts up into viewing position, which allows a card or small early photograph to be inserted below the glass for viewing.
Cards with two images were used in the stereographoscope to give the illusion of a 3D image. These duplicated images are designed to be seen individually by the left and right eye, producing the visual effect that makes them appear to be 3D.
Remember View-Master? This popular image-viewer uses the same technology and is a more modern type of stereoscope.