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Cincinnati, OH, US 
[1-3] Made self-contained cylindrical metal stereoscope, patent dates 13 to 22. Device was coin-operated for use in arcades or on store counters; for a penny, viewer got to see fifteen cards related thematically. Total capacity of the viewer was 90 views. Most of the views used were lithographs from a variety of companies, rarely real photos on heavy paper, source unknown. Views were sometimes issued in boxed sets, pre-cut to fit the internal holders. Views were not made especially for the viewer; there was a cutting device to notch any view to fit. Some groups of views were made up with special lead-in cards for several series known as "Whiting's Miniature Museum"; "This set of views can be seen if you drop a penny in coin slot and pull trigger each time you want the scene to change." Viewers were in use up until late 30s. 
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the United States of America, (National Stereoscopic Association)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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