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    Posted 6 years ago

    jscott0363
    (529 items)

    Hello again CW friends!!

    Just to shake things up a bit, I thought I'd post my vintage Monarch stereoscopic photo viewer. I won this last week at an estate auction. It's in really nice condition still and came with about 50 stereoscopic photos that are still in fair condition as well.

    When you view one of the photos that came with it, the photos look as though they're in 3-D. Very cool to view one of the stereoscopic photos with this. So, this still works quite well.

    I'm not truly sure exactly how old this is, but some of the pictures that came with it have a copyright date of 1899 on the back of them and this viewer has a patent date of 1904 stamped on the bottom side. I'll post some of the photos soon.

    Anyhow, if anyone can tell me anything about this, I'd certainly appreciate your help.

    Thanks for stopping in to have a look!

    Scott

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    Comments

    1. pops52 pops52, 6 years ago
      Nice Scott! I can only imagine how neat these were back in the day.
    2. Celiene Celiene, 6 years ago
      Is it just me, or does it look child-sized? It's very pretty.
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks Pops!!
      I've been viewing the photos and they're pretty fascinating! Pretty much the "View Master" of the day.
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Celiene,
      It's probably just an optical illusion. It's definitely adult sized. Fit's comfortably on my face when viewing a photo. Thanks so much for the comment and for dropping by.
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks so very much for the loves and for taking time to stop in

      Roy

      Bonnie

      Pops

      Celiene

      and

      vetraio50

      I truly appreciate you all!!
    6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      These were the tv/ movie of the late 19th/ early 20th century. It was popular for families to collect and view cards.

      The cards are available in almost every subject. Real photo views are much more popular and valuable than lithographic views.

      In the 20th century these were often sold in sets on a specific subject.

      Have you found a particular genre of card to collect?

      Good luck with the collection!

      scott
    7. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Love it. It is and was a great conversation piece.
    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Scott,
      Thanks so much for the info!! Haven't really got a particular card to collect (yet). It came with "Foreign Countries" and a few other sets of cards. All of the cards that came with it are in B/W. But, I just bought a set of color cards which I'm anxious to receive. It is pretty cool!!
      My 84 year old mother was telling about the one her grandmother (my great-grandmother) had. She said she remembered it very clearly and said it was leather with gold accents and was lined with red velvet. She said she hadn't seen one of these since she was just a little girl.
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks fortapache!! After viewing cards with this, I can definitely see where these would have been quite entertaining back in the day. It's a lot of fun for sure!
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much for the loves and for dropping by

      Mani

      BB2

      Rob

      Ken

      Kurt

      Tom

      Brian

      Judy

      Mike

      and

      Kyra

      I do most certainly appreciate you all!!!

    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks very much for the loves and for stopping by

      Karen

      and

      Thomas

      I do sincerely appreciate you both!!
    12. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Rob,
      That's awesome!! You got the deal of the century for sure! I actually had to pay $20 for this and 50 viewing cards. So, you did quite well my friend!!!
    13. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Both of you did well on the viewers-- they are worth about $50- $75.

      The color views are usually lithographic and not as desirable as real photo views. Early tinted real photo views are desirable.

      The color of the mounts often help to determine era. FLAT yellow and orange mount views usually date from the 1860s- 70s. Later views are curved and found in tan (Underwood) and Gray mounts. Of course there are exceptions to these general rules.

      Subject matter is key in values-- Some very desirable views have values upwards of several hundred dollars.

      scott
    14. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Wow! Thanks for all the wonderful info Scott!! Very sincerely appreciated!!!
    15. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      If you would like to see some interesting stereoviews, take a look at my items.

      I have a handful or two of good quality views posted on CW.

      scott
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      I most definitely will Scott. And thanks again friend!!
    17. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      kivatinitz,
      Thanks so much for the love and for stopping in. Always greatly appreciated!!!
    18. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 6 years ago
      I have a much plainer version. Love this!
    19. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Stereo viewers are really interesting. I'm traveling but when home I'll check my references for information about your viewer. I have a post of a very early viewer that also includes some background history: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/169537-stull-daguerreotype-viewing-case-c-1855
    20. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 6 years ago
      Very cool Scott! I would love to see the photos! Great find and as always thank you for sharing. :)
    21. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      rniederman,
      The one you posted is really amazing! Thanks for the appreciation, the information and for stopping in. Very much appreciated!!
    22. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      OneGoodFind,
      Always a pleasure! Thanks for stopping in. Always very much appreciated!!!
    23. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Rick,
      Thanks for the appreciation and for stopping in. Much appreciated!!
    24. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      myoldkyhome,
      Thanks so much for the love. So great to see you stop in and looking forward to your next post.
      Scott
    25. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      SEAN,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for the love! Always so very much appreciated!!
    26. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Home now and checked my references. This viewer was made by the Keystone Company and known as the "Monarch" (an Elk is the monarch). Dimples in the aluminum hood help date this viewer; the dimple design is described in Patent #757,052 (April 12, 1904) as an improvement in the way the hood attaches to the wooden lens board using 5 rivets / screws. There was also a version with an embossed Horse ("Winner"). - Rob
    27. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Rob,
      Wonderful information!!!! I cannot begin to thank you enough for sharing your incredible knowledge of this viewer. This is the first I've ever owned and I can see how I could easily become very passionate about adding more of these to my collection. Thanks again very much Rob!
      Scott
    28. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Viewers and stereoview cards are very addicting and there are some very amusing images. For the record, here is the type of camera that could produce stereo images that would fit your viewer; it was made from the late 1880s to about 1906: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/112022-anthony-champion-stereo-c-1888-with-br
    29. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Rob,
      I just checked your camera out. Very fascinating for sure! Thanks again very much! Sincerely appreciated!!!
      Scott
    30. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago

      Thanks very much for the appreciation and for stopping by.

      Rick

      myoldkyhome

      SEAN

      and

      Trey

      Always very truly appreciated!!
    31. jscott0363 jscott0363, 9 months ago
      Laura
      and
      Jenni
      Thank you both very much for the loves and for stopping in!!

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