Here is an authentic stereoscoptic viewer made by the Underwood & Underwood Company patented June 11, 1901. This hand held lens viewer is made of solid walnut with a turned handle that folds flat for storage. The lens/viewer is made of aluminum and is embossed with the trademark "Sin Sculpture" on the topside; it was designed to fit up around the persons eyes like goggles. The stereoscoptic card holder is also made of walnut and had metal clips on either side to hold the cards. while the handle is attached underneath and used to move the holder back and forth to adjust the focus for the person viewing the card. The name of the manufacturer and the patent date is embossed on the underside of the handle slide, as photographed.
There were card sets made for these viewers with subject matters such as national monuments, national parks, world travel, and even some story telling sets. These are great fun to collect, and to get you started I've included 9 of the national park series, and 11 of the world travel series. The dimensions for the viewer are 12 1/2" long by 7" wide and 4" in height.
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