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Diascope No. 1 - Folding door style covered in black leather with a mirror 
1908 (ca) 
  
Diascope 
7 6 1 1/2 ins (flat) 
  
Private collection of Mark Jacobs 
Courtesy of Mark Jacobs Collection. 
  
 
LL/41543 
  
Autochromes were difficult to see and were often looked at in specially designed viewers called diascopes. The thirteenth edition of the instruction booklet Color Photography with Autochrom [sic] Plates stated,
 
"Diascopes are reflectors so arranged that the light first passes through the picture, which is then reflected into a mirror. When closed they fold like a book and protect the picture; when open they are neat and decorative as a table ornament. They are made for either upright or landscape (horizontal) pictures."
 
The image in the diascope "Girl with Flowers" is a 5 4-inch Autochrome (ca. 1912) by an unidentified photographer. 
 
 
  

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