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Oliver Whales floor-standing & counter-top 3D stereoviewers

Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:30 pm
by coin-op
I'm wondering if anyone has one of these. I'm wondering what the top backboard is supposed to look like and what pictures/graphics it contains. My thoughts are that the back board on the table version would have looked too stubby on a floor model. Mine does have a back board which seems 50s, but I'm not clear if it's original.

Re: Oliver Whales floor standing 3D stereoviewer

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:38 am
by grabber
Hello,
Can you post a picture as I might have what you need. Is this the Eve machine?

Re: Oliver Whales floor standing 3D stereoviewer

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:29 pm
by coin-op
Well, camera charged, pic here, but I know this backflash isn't the same as the table model. Incidentally, the white lines shown in the backboard part of the photo is from the pleated glass in the frame. Also, the pic in it is a photocopy of some artwork I had; it's not original.

Re: Oliver Whales floor standing 3D stereoviewer

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:35 am
by grabber
Hello,
I had a look in John Carter's book, page 31, the counter top-model. I have the artwork for the lifelike presentations but not the 'Eve at her Best', sorry. Hope somebody else can help you.

Re: Oliver Whales floor standing 3D stereoviewer

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:06 am
by coin-op
Hi Dower, thanks for looking. I've seen few of the table models, but as I said, never seen another floor version, so I'm guessing they didn't make too many of these. It may even have been made for a specific order. So it would be interesting if anyone can confirm the existence of further examples of this floor standing version.

Oliver Whales viewer

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:46 pm
by treefrog
Topic merged - site admin.
Anyone see the Oliver Whales viewer at auction last week? Did bid, but finished on £620 + 20% commission.
One sold in 2002 at Christies for £646 and the same machine again sold in another auction for £1000 a year later....
The one below was identical, but not the same and the finish looked good. How common are these machines?

Re: Oliver Whales viewer

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:43 pm
by treefrog
Now that is spooky, no less than 15mins after I posted this, Coin Op has stuck a very similar machine on Ebay, that is weird. :shock:

Well Coin Op, in your description you mention you had not seen another in auctions before and I have to mess that all up :oops:

Nice looking machine !!THUMBSX2!!

1950s OLIVER WHALES 3D VIEWER COIN OPERATED SLOT MACHINE

Re: Oliver Whales viewer

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:12 pm
by coin-op
Just to make it clear, the coin op on ebay is not me, it's someone else with that ebay user name. Also, just as an aside, if you look back through the postings, somewhere I placed a picture of a floor standing version of this machine. (topic now merged above - site admin.)

Oliver Whales stereo viewer identified

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:50 am
by brook222
Topic moved & merged - Site Admin.

Can anyone help with identifying this machine and giving me an idea of current value? Many thanks.

Re: What Butler Saw - Can you identify please

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:30 am
by gameswat
Hi brook, no idea on the maker and can't see much in your one small photo anyway. You haven't given us anywhere near enough information to work from sadly. So I'd suggest for others to identify properly and value you should post closeups or larger size images and interior mech photos. And the more info you offer the better such as.......... does the machine work? Has it been eaten by woodworm? Are there any parts you believe to be replacements? Does it run on clockwork with just electric lighting, or does it run with an electric motor? Clockwork being much more desirable and possibly original, and older. Are the stereo cards in the machine, how many, are they repros or original, are they in good or poor cond. and are they exciting or boring images? These should be nude or semi nude models so the more attractive/artistic or famous the better and can make a huge difference to value. Also how good or bad the three dimensional quality of the images is, as not every photographer knew how to compose three dimensional shots. Has the machine ever been restored by anyone or does it just appear nicely aged? I could go on but I'm sure you get the idea. The photo doesn't enlarge very much so hard to see any details, but on the negative side looks like the marquee wood frame is a just molding someone used to replace the original marquee. And the artwork in the marquee and machine front are both poorly made replacements.