The Richard Verascope camera was developed in the late 1800s as one of the first stereoscopic cameras in a reasonably compact form-factor. As a French-made camera it’s no surprise then that it was used during World War I to document the battlefields. One such example seems to have survived relatively unscathed and was recently purchased at an estate sale by Chris Hughes (of anerdsworld.com). Head on past the break for his find, and some scans of the original glass plates.
One cold morning last year, we attended an estate in the Niagara Falls where we were fortunate enough to come across and purchase a rare World War I Richard Verascope stereo camera previously owned by the French Army. The camera is in pristine condition and included the original leather carrying case and glass slides. Each slide is a piece of history in photographic form and I get shivers every time I place a glass slide into the 3D stereo viewer.
A big thanks to Chris for sharing these with us, it’s always enjoyable to get an opportunity to see historical content that has survived for future generations to see. In fact they are making the slides available to see in person at their location. Check out their page for more information. (A Nerd’s World – World War I Slides)
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