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Whiting's Sculptoscope 1¢ Arcade Stereoscope Viewer
This is a Richard and William Whiting Sculptoscope patented around 1913-1920 and manufactured by the American Novelty Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Sculptoscope was popular in arcades and on cigar store counter tops in the early 1900's. It is designed to view stereo lithographs and give the effect of 3-D to the viewer. ( 3-D was a new phenomenon in the early 1900's) For one cent, the viewer would be able to see 15 different stereo cards, then one would insert another coin to view the next set. This machine has 6 sets of these cards 15 cards per set plus the title card). Made of heavy sheet metal and cast iron.
It is operated by inserting a penny, holding the grip, then squeezing the finger grip. Each trigger pull flips another card to the front. The top opens up and you can see all of the cards in place. There are about 85 cards plus the title cards. The stereo photo categories are mostly of interesting world scenes, American Indians, and hunting scenes. The coins drop into the cylindrical container at the bottom. The viewer is in excellent and original condition with the exception of a replacement access door to the coin vault. It measures approximately 14 inches high and 11 1/4 inches wide. The lock and key for the top access door is provided.A few extra stereo cards will also be included.
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