"" MAGIC MIRROR"" between 1870 and 1900. Fance. Stanhopes viewer, 42 microscopic views or"" Stanhopes"" . The views represented monuments and architectural views around the metal mundo.construcción silver. Attributed to René Dagron (1819-1900).
Today we want to tell you of a very special kind viewer stanhope, we have recently incoporado the Foticos collection. It is known as " magic mirror" (id 9728.) . and ascribes its manufacturing photographer and French inventor René Dragon
C Omo see, this viewer stanhope, dated in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, is shaped like a hand mirror, and inside are arranged 42 thumbnail pictures . On the front of the body, solid brass, a figurative scene depicting an artist and his audience appears. The characters open the curtain to reveal the viewer to the viewer (where the photomicrographs are). Is engraved the word MAGIE (magic). Photomicrographs are mounted on a brass ring turning. They are moving a central actuating rotary knob on the back. thumbnail images showing the viewer relate to views of Italy
the famous stahnhope are optical devices that allow viewing microscopic images (about 3 mm) without the aid of any microscope , only with a small magnifying glass (the stanhope lens), which increases the scene about 100 times its size. Precisely because the invention René Dragon (1819-1900), who obtained the first patent history on the photomicrograph June 21, 1859.
René Dragon, and since its announcement in 1839 was interested in the Daguerrotipos , and he was familiar with collodion process, which later would adapt their techniques of microphotography. A little to get the patent, had many problems with imitators and throwers own versions of the stanhopes. Following the success of these mounted viewfinders on jewelry and souveniers, Dragon set up a factory in France, which in 1962 came to have more than 150 employees and manufactured about 12,000 units a day.