Sunday, March 02, 2008

Information telebinocular viewers

From: "Jana Harrison"

I was wondering ... the approximate value of the collection listed as:

Keystone Telebinocular Viewers.
The Keystone System of Travel. Tour of the world.
1,200 stereo cards in book shaped boxes with 2 telebinocular stereo viewers with clip on incandescent illuminator and stand. Original bill of sale and a dated 1936. Accompanying book showing the stereoview titles, 185 pages. Approximately 70 lbs.

I was on the net trying to find the value of one set of the viewers and the boxes of cards that were recently found in a library that is under my direction. If you have any info let me know. I am attaching this photo of the viewers that were found.

—Jana Harrison

Telebinocular Viewers

telebinocular viewers


Anonymous Anonymous said...

While the CPRR Museum is unable to provide appraisals, one set was offered for sale for $1,000 about 20 years ago, and another more recently for thousands of dollars (sorry, don't remember the actual price). Have not seen a complete set for sale recently, although one apparently was listed on eBay, but it does not show up on their completed auction search.

Obviously, the completeness and condition is important, and there may be some variation in a few of the specific views included in the set, and their rarity.

Cowan Auctions seems to be estimating for the smaller sets, $3-4 per Keystone stereoview.

Another possible source of information is the National Stereoscopic Association, or the stereoview dealers listed in on the CPRR Museum's links page.

This listing on DVD may also be of interest.

3/02/2008 2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Jennifer Bornes"
Subject: Help identifying a stereo viewer

... I recently acquired a metal box electric stereo viewer, that I think is from the turn of the last century. I know nothing about these viewers, but my father is an avid collector of stereo cards. When I saw the viewer at a flea market, I got it because I had never seen one like it.

Before I give it to him, I would like to know if your museum can help me identify it and tell me about it – my searches on the Internet have brought up almost no information. ...

—Jennifer Bornes, Mechanicsburg, PA

7/27/2011 10:42 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Is it perhaps one of the Keystone telebinocular viewers?

The definitive book about stereoscopic viewers is, Stereoscopes: The First One Hundred Years by Paul Wing. Find a copy in a local library.

7/27/2011 10:46 PM  

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