Megalethoscopes

A Charles Ponti Megalethoscope viewer on short turned leg base

p4A ItemID D9697744
A Megalethoscope view of Mount Vesuvius and Naples

p4A ItemID D9667804
A Megalethoscope day night viewer by Carlo Ponti with 10 views and stand

p4A ItemID D9665264
A Charles Ponti Megalethoscope viewer on short turned leg base

p4A ItemID E8921113

Megalethoscope

A room-sized viewing device, the Megalethoscope was invented circa 1860 by Venetian optician and photographer Carlo Ponti. Up to five feet wide, the device showed travel and other photographs using daylight magnified by a large lens. The views were up to twelve inches in width.


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