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Stereoscopic Cinema & the Origins of 3-D Film, 1838–1952$
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Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124612

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124612.001.0001

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The Peep Show Tradition

The Peep Show Tradition

(p.19) 2 The Peep Show Tradition
Stereoscopic Cinema & the Origins of 3-D Film, 1838–1952

Ray Zone

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses peep shows, which were a common form of entertainment to be found at fairgrounds and on European streets. It describes how a peep show works, which is composed of 2-D images. 3-D is then added by means of perspective, transmitted or reflected light, and special lenses. It also looks at vision, the fundamental principle behind movies, and the development of peep shows from William Thomas Shaw's 3-D peep shows to the stereo Phenakistoscope of Charles Wheatstone.

Keywords:   peep shows, 2-D images, 3-D peep shows, vision, movies, William Thomas Shaw, stereo Phenakistoscope, Charles Wheatstone

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