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Stereoscopic Protean Views Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Stereoscopic Protean Views Collection
    Dates: 1860-1900
    Collection Number: P-076
    Creator/Collector:
    Extent: (Boxes: ½ 5x7)
    Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    Abstract: 8 items of French "diableries" (or devilments) views. ca. 1860-1900, undated
    Language of Material: French

    Access

    Research is by appointment only

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

    Preferred Citation

    Stereoscopic Protean Views Collection. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

    Biography/Administrative History

    Stereoscopic, or 3-D photography, works because it is able to create the illusion of depth as in 3-D films. Human eyes are set about two-and-a-half inches apart, so each eye sees a slightly different image. If one takes two slightly different photographs that same distance apart, it is possible to converge them into a single image and recreate that illusion of depth. Though most associate Sir David Brewster with the invention of the stereoscope, it was physicist Sir Charles Wheatstone who, in 1838, gave an address to the Royal Scottish Society of Arts on the phenomena of binocular vision and proposed that the equipment be called a “stereoscope to indicate its property of representing solid figures.” Eleven years later Brewster described a binocular camera, and the first stereoscopic photographs began to be produced. By the end of the century, every Victorian parlor had a stereoscope. Protean views, providing the illusion of movement from day to night, are considered pre-cinema devices, a pre-cursor to the motion picture.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    8 items of French "diableries" (or devilments) views. ca. 1860-1900, undated