Magnifying stereoscope, 1940

Made:
1940 in Jamaica

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F-71 magnifying stereoscope, made by Fairchild Aviation Corporation, Jamaica, New York, United States, 1940.

Stereoscopes allow two overlapping aerial photos to be viewed simultaneously, giving greater detail and a 3D effect. They were used during World War Two by trained photographic interpreters to view aerial photographs, in order to gain detail of enemy missile sites for intelligence reports that were used to plan military operations. This set used a combination of mirrors, prisms and a 4 power magnifying binocular set to enhance the photographs.

Details

Category:
Surveying
Object Number:
1947-149
Materials:
aluminium (metal) and glass
type:
stereo-comparator
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surveying instrument
  • photogrammetry instrument
credit:
From the Ministry of Supply