Pocket Stereoscope

Forestry

Accession Number: 2017.for.2

Instrument Name: Pocket Stereoscope

Description:

This object consists of a pair of green, molded, plastic pieces with round lenses set in them. These lenses and their surrounds can be adjusted along a metal bar to widen or narrow the space between them. This metal bar has a scale on it. On each side of the plastic pieces, thick metal wires extend perpendicularly in a rectangular shape. These pieces can be folded flat against the lens surrounds. These metal pieces act as a stand to allow the lenses to be set above a stereoscopic photograph.

Folded, the spectroscope fits into a rectangular leather case.

Primary Materials: Plastic, Glass, Metal

Markings:

On the front of the plastic lens surrounds: “893″

Dimensions (cm): With case: 19.7cm x 9.5cm x 1.5cm

Function:

This a portable stereoscope. It enables a viewer looking at a stereoscopic photograph to see the images as a single, 3D image.

Condition:

Good. The plastic has some small signs of wear, particularly where the metal stands meet the plastic surrounds. Paint on the metal bar between the lenses is worn in places.

Date of Manufacture: c. 1980s

Provenance:

Department of Forestry, University of Toronto. This stereoscope was likely used by forestry undergraduate students as part of fieldwork.

Additional Information and References:

It is not clear who manufactured this stereoscope, however, as of April 2017, a similar stereoscope continues to be manufactured by Forestry Suppliers [30 April, 2017].

Donated to UTSIC: No