Gramma E's Stereopticon

| 1/22/2018 8:43:00 AM

Renee headshot 

The stereopticon and how the postcard is inserted

An example of a postcard

How to look through the viewfinder

Long before we had television and all the electronic-based instruments we now have, people had to entertain themselves somehow. Can you imagine that? Some learned musical instruments. Some learned to sing. Some sang and played well. Some didn't but they sang and played anyway. Many people played games outdoors. Croquet and badminton comes to mind. Baseball and football as well. Lots of people played cards, dominoes and checkers.

I think we could all learn something from these simpler times. By engaging in sports and home-based, self-propelled entertainment we learn sportsmanship, generosity and the satisfaction of accomplishment. Our brains and bodies are healthier. Our fingers more adept. One example of what I call "self-propelled" entertainment is the "stereopticon." My Gramma E. had one and we kids played with it constantly.