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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Seeing 1859 Stereo

I enjoy discussions linking the history of a technology to its current state. This article looks at the stereographic technology of 1859 and how it relates to the cellphone technology of today. Also how you can experiment with the old technology based on the instructions in ths very worthwhile post. I will do that.
" ... past generations were far cleverer than we usually imagine. ... the first three-dimensional (stereo) images were created by Charles Wheatstone in 1845, just a few years after the emergence of photography itself, and that 3-D photo viewers—called stereoscopes—were common appliances in middle-class living rooms for more than 70 years, from the time of the American Civil War to the Great Depression ... "

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