Sculptoscope

Donated by Bruce Vaughan

This circa 1925 sculptoscope is a stereoscope viewer which creates a 3-D effect by using a card with two side-by-side images that become one 3-D image when viewed through the glasses of the viewer.

Richard R. Whiting and his brother Herbert sold stereoscope cards door to door from the 1880s to the early 1900s. In 1913, they formed the American Novelty Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, and sold viewers designed and patented by Richard. Both brothers passed away in the early 1940s.

For more information on the work of the Whiting brothers, visit Paul Rubenstein’s Yellowstone Stereoview website.

Image as seen in the sculptoscope.