Technology and Texts

Working on stereoscopic focus, playing with view cards.

Working on stereoscopic focus, playing with view cards.

Reading texts involve all of the senses.  (And no, I don't mean that in some post-post-modern way...) 

In early twentieth-century anatomical sciences, it was important to "read" the bones by seeing specimens as close to "real" as possible.  Stereoscopic plates allowed anatomists to see and experience the bones in ways that a flat, two-dimensional drawing wouldn't have allowed.

Reading the fossils in 3D a la 1911 technology is brilliant. 

1920s stereoption for viewing 1911 stereoplates.  While, technically, the steropiticon does allow one to see the skull in 3D,  the fantastically helpful curators from the Collection of Historical and Scientific Instruments (Harvard University) pointed out that stereoscopes would have been the best instrument for studying plates like these in early twentieth-century laboratories.

1920s stereoption for viewing 1911 stereoplates.  While, technically, the steropiticon does allow one to see the skull in 3D,  the fantastically helpful curators from the Collection of Historical and Scientific Instruments (Harvard University) pointed out that stereoscopes would have been the best instrument for studying plates like these in early twentieth-century laboratories.