a mystery stereo viewer made in Vancouver

a Stereo-Phot stereo viewer from mid last century.

Toronto. A PHSC Member from Edmonton came across an unusual stereo viewer made by Stereo-Phot in Vancouver around the end of WW2(?).

Brian writes, “I have a couple of binocular viewers made by the Stereo-Phot Company, Vancouver, B.C. and I’m curious what photographic purpose they served.

“The viewers have a pressed metal body with a crinkle finish, a set of viewing lenses on one end and an opaque glass screen opposite. The viewing glass is approximately 5 1/2 inches (14 cm) across and is 3 inches (7 1/2 cm) vertical. There is a slot (approximately 5 1/4 inches long) on top of the viewer that a slide could go into, but it’s narrower than a classic Victorian stereo view.

“An internet search of the Stereo-Phot Company gave no results. Is there anyone there who has some insight?”

NOTE: The standard for stereo transparencies was set by the Stereo Realist at 1-5/8 inch x 4 inches – smaller than the Stereo-Phot. If any viewer can help out, drop me a line at info@phsc.ca and I will contact Brian.

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