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Aztec Museum

 

October 13, 2017

Take a look back in time with one of America's most popular forms of entertainment in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the stereoscope. This particular model is known as a Holmes Stereo Viewer and was among the most popular styles. A stereoscope consists of two pictures of the same subject that are taken from slightly different angles and are mounted next to each other. When observing the pictures through the lenses, the pair of two-dimensional photographs merge together into a single three-dimensional photograph. Fashion, children, and scenes from around the world were the most common and popular photographs used in stereoscopes. Their popularity waned in the 1930s as interest in motion pictures increased. Today, a descendant of the stereoscope, the Viewmaster, periodically enjoys a resurgence in popularity.

Come to the Aztec Museum to see more early Americana and turn of the century life come alive. The Museum will close for the season after October 14, 2017, but will reopen for the summer in April of 2018. We would like to thank the community of Aztec for a great season, and hope to see you all in the coming Spring.

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