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The instrument company owned by Jules Richard was a pioneer in stereo photography, popularizing a 45x107mm plate format which made very portable stereo cameras possible. Jules Richard, its founder was an inventor and pioneer in several fields of engineering in the late 1800s France. He invented instruments that allowed recording (barometers) and by 1893 he introduced the 45x107mm glass plate format for Stereo photography. [1]

Jules Richard introduced the Vérascope brand, for a simple to use line of stereo cameras using the 45x107mm format, which at the time was considered compact, and allowed the production of compact and cheaper cameras with "magazines" that carried 10-12 plates and allowed the photographer to take more than 1 picture and brought stereo photography to the masses. Initial versions used fixed 54mm f/10 lenses that produced good images from 5m to infinity. Later versions used Zeiss Tessar lenses. This was followed by a simpler version called Glyphoscope which doubled as a viewer. These cameras used the 45x107mm glass plates initially but the line was later expanded to 6x13 and 7x13 plates.

The Homéos was first made in 1914 and was the first stereo camera for 35mm film. [2] A second revised model followed in 1920.

The name Vérascope Richard became well known for cameras, accessories and stereoscopes (Taxiphote revolving for parlors) and the name was carried into the 1950s with the Verascope f40 (which was imported and sold in the US under the Busch brand).

The popularity of stereo photography and the success of Vérascope was followed by other companies such as ICA, and Ernemann until the 1930s.


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  2. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). Page 821.