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Bolland Auto Stereoscope

Postby john t peterson » Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:24 pm

Anyone see this one before?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/321163413253?ss ... 1438.l2649

Heavy Art Deco styling so I'm guessing the '20s.

Anyone else?

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Re: The Auto Stereoscope

Postby badpenny » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:54 pm

Very nice John T I've never seen one before although I'd have thought "Little Accident" referred more to the title of the story shown than the name of the viewer wouldn't you?
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I can't find reference in any of my comics and pop up books.
Although Mills made one also called "The Auto Stereoscope" it looks different unless it's a tabletop version ... even then?

It seems Mills made 583 different kinds of machine all called The Auto Stereoscope around that sort of time.
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Re: The Auto Stereoscope

Postby pennymachines » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:52 pm

It was made by Bolland's Amusement Machine Supply Co. Ltd. from 1937.
All mechanical, hand-cranked (not clockwork), with a limed oak finish, it's reasonably well known, although fewer seem to have survived than might be expected for such a "useful" and comparatively late travelling viewer. Automatic Pleasures shows a line drawing of the machine with a nice matching Deco stand.

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Re: The Auto Stereoscope

Postby john t peterson » Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:41 am

The Brain Trust never fails! Nice work, lads.

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Re: The Auto Stereoscope

Postby gameswat » Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:27 am

That's no drawing PM - that's my wife! It's really a photograph of the machine not a drawing. And JP, maybe you need to visit me for a change...... :#: One of the all time great deco machines as far as I'm concerned and a lot more interesting that 99% of the American stereo viewers. There is an earlier model too without the deco style that's a lot rarer but far less cool. The ebay example needs total refinishing to get back to the black and white limed original look, just as every other example I've yet seen did. And also yet to see a surviving stand so I made my own example using the advert for the info. A lot of work but well worth the trouble as completes the machine nicely. Would've preferred buying the stand from Bolland for a pound though. :cry:
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Re: The Auto Stereoscope

Postby badpenny » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:41 am

Although Nic Costa's book was the first I bought, I hardly ever refer to it when researching. Guess I just like pretty pictures.

Gameswat I am so impressed with your photos I'm going to get up at four in the morning in future just so I can be impressed longer.

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Re: The Auto Stereoscope

Postby gameswat » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:43 am

Wow, BP, thanks! So you think I have what it takes to be a professional cameraman then?! !!PHOTO!!

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Re: The Auto Stereoscope

Postby badpenny » Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:16 pm

My friend you not only have the photographic skills but are in possession of all the models needed for my kind of Spam!

Edited because I didn't say spam I said Spam ahhhh I bet it's done it again ............what happens if I say pornographic?

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Re: The Auto Stereoscope

Postby gameswat » Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:51 pm

badpenny wrote: Although Nic Costa's book was the first I bought, I hardly ever refer to it when researching. Guess I just like pretty pictures.
BP, it was my first arcade and gambling book too. But within 12 months it was memorised. And thinking about it now, have pretty much used it as a shopping list for my collecting the last 25 years! Could live with almost every machine in the damn thing. Anybody know what Nic is doing nowadays?

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Re: The Auto Stereoscope

Postby pennymachines » Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:06 pm

Gameswat, I'm shocked. That wallpapering is simply not up to the standards I've come to expect from you.

Fantastic job with the Stereoscope though. You didn't happen to keep your measurements for the stand did you? I'm not the only collector in the UK who's talked about getting one made... What did you use for the little Deco star-bursts? These pressings always seem to be damaged.

The Auto Stereoscope is also listed in Arcades & Slot Machines (but not pictured).
Gameswat wrote:Anybody know what Nic is doing nowadays?
Writing books on other subjects: Adam to Apophis, and to be published next year, The Thread - From Exodus to Jesus, In Search of the Amazons.
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