Item of the Month
Item of the Month is a series of articles featuring some of the amazing treasures that can be found in the BHA archives. A rare glimpse of the technology, fashion, and everyday items of a bygone era.
Stereoscopes were the precursor to today’s virtual reality. The hand-held device, when raised to the eyes, made a two-dimensional printed image appear three-dimensional.
The stereoscope was invented by David Brewster in 1848. By the 1860s, The London Stereoscopic Company alone had a million different prints available. In the mid 20th century, the stereoscope was developed into a popular toy: the View-Master.
The Bayfield Heritage Association has a set of stereoscopic prints circa 1900, depicting scenes from around the world, activities of soldiers, popular events of the time, and everyday life.
Stereoscope image card titled “A Letter from Home”, dated 1898. Click image to enlarge.
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