Perfecscope by Underwood & Underwood

This Perfecscope is manufactured by Underwood & Underwood from New York and is a Holmes-Bates stereoscope, which is the best known and most sold stereoscope-type in history.The Perfecscope doesn’t really fit in my collection as I only collect French and German devices. Still, I wanted one because I have memories of this viewer from my childhood. Friends of my parents had a Holmes-Bates type stereoscope and I remember looking through the lenses of it as a child. I can’t remember if I actually observed the stereo effect, but it was my first encounter with stereoscopy, without being aware of it as a child.Holmes-Bates Stereoscope
This stereoscope-type was invented in 1860 by the American poet Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. He did not patent his invention and everyone was free to develop…


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