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People of the time period were fascinated by optical toys and illusions. One form of optical toys were those that employed the latent image on the retina like the Thaumotrope or the images in the book Spectropia. The stereoscope that allowed the viewer to see 3-dimensional images was very popular as well.

The kaleidoscope was one optical toy that emplyed mirrors to take simple images and make them into a complex composite that was a true delight to the eye.

We have chosen these kaleidoscopes as a representative form of that period toy. We liked the solid brass tube instead of the cardboard tube found on less expensive models (Unfortunately, if you want the brass to keep its shine, this tube will need polishing). We are sure that a quick look in the eyepiece will transport you back to your childhood wonder when you first looked in one of these devices.

The kaleidoscope is about 7 1/2 inches long and about 1 1/4 inches in diameter

The cost of a kaleidoscope is $19.60

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