Stereoscopic negatives are, by nature of their creation, trickier dragons to conquer than are those made by traditional two-dimensional cameras. They are vicious chimeras, products of distinct photographic and stereographic processes, and difficult to tame. Read here how to do it.
Every now and then you can find stereo illustrated books that incorporate a viewer, to view the printed stereo pairs, rather than anaglyphs. This basic concept and format turns out to be quite old. Read more about it in David Starkman’s abbreviated history of Stereo Illustrated books.
In this post, I will talk about collecting antique stereoscopes for glass stereoviews from the period 1850 to 1930. Some tips from my previous post can also be applied to stereoscopes, so I recommend to read this post first. However, collecting stereoscopes comes with some additional challenges that I will address now.
This is the first post of a two-part series about collecting stereoscopy antiques. This post is about collecting stereoviews. André tells about his experiences based on two years of searching and bidding on glass stereoviews of the First World War, but in general these tips apply to all themes.
Multiview stereoscopes are table stereoscopes that are capable of showing multiple images in one viewing session. These viewers use a slide tray or chain in which the stereoviews are placed. By turning a crank or pushing down a lever, the images are displayed one by one.