How they did 3D in 1907: the stereoscope

By November 4, 2010Newswires

How they did 3D in 1907: the stereoscope

Everybody knows the latest craze for 3D is just the most recent take on a technology that’s been around since the ’50s. But did you know 3D tech existed more than 40 years before that? This stereoscope, which arrived in the DVICE offices yesterday, is the proof.

The device dates back to 1907. Various inventors had been playing with stereoscopic photos for years before then, and the stereoscope was apparently a fairly popular item for what passed for photo nerds at the turn of the 20th century. This one, found on the indie-seller site Etsy, is called a Holmes Stereo Viewer after Oliver Wendell Holmes, who first started selling them in 1881.

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