Photoscope

Object Number: 
1995.3
Date: 
1930-1940
Medium: 
Metal, glass, cardboard
Dimensions: 
Overall: 23 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. ( 59.7 x 21.6 x 29.2 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on front of photoscope: "EXHIBIT SUPPLY CO'S PICTURES/CHICAGO PAT.APPLD.FOR/PHOTOSCOPE" written: on framed card above photoscope: "Five Sets of Pictures/See Them All/Directions/Place a coin in slot and push slide way in..."
Description: 
Tabletop photoscope stereo viewer from penny arcade; black-painted metal box with framed advertisement at top rear; inserting a penny in slot allows viewer to push slide and view five different stereoscopic images: "How Charlie Fooled the Cop," Handout Hector Helps Clean House," "Dusty Road's Dinner," "Pat and the Blind Pig," and "Biddy, The Irish Wash-Woman." Below images is notice "Approved by New York Censors."
Gallery Label: 
This photoscope was used in a New York penny arcade ca. 1935, and its images were approved by New York censors. It is the type of amusement popular at places like Coney Island.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group