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Stereopticon Cyclorama (panoramic projection system, maker unknown, 1890s)

image of  Stereopticon Cyclorama (panoramic projection system, maker unknown, 1890s)

Sketch drawing (cylindrical projection arrangement) from OMLJ, March 1895

image of  Stereopticon Cyclorama (panoramic projection system, maker unknown, 1890s)

Sketch drawing (alternative spherical projection arrangement) from OMLJ, March 1895

Related people

inventor: WINTER, John, senior  (1825-1906), in/after 1890 –

inventor: CHASE, Charles A.  (fl. 1890s)

Nation of origin
Date of first manufacture
1890s
Dimensions

unknown

Production
unknown
Original retail price
not offered for retail sale
References
Charles A. Chase, Stereopticon Cyclorama in OMLJ 6.70 (March 1895)
  –  illustrated description of Chase's system
John Winter, Stereopticon Cyclorama in OMLJ 6.72 (May 1895)
  –  Winter disputes Chase's claim to be the inventor
Notes

This panoramic projection system used a number of lanterns suspended from the ceiling of a large cylindrical space, each projecting part of a photographic image taken by a special panoramic camera.

The overall effect was of a photographic panorama – the ‘Stereopticon’ name reflects the common American term for a magic lantern, and doesn’t indicate stereographic (3-D) images.

Chase's article claims that it was exhibited at the Chicago Fire Cyclorama Building in August 1894.

Lucerna ID 2000128

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 21 June 2017

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