ROMO stereo viewers were
manufactured in Paris, France in the 1950's through until approximately
1967 or 1968. They were
used to view strip format cards, each consisting of cards with 12 stereo
pairs, although some special editions only consisted of 10 images. The
quality of the images on the cards is very good and they retain their
colour well. The viewers give superb clean and bright views.
The name ROMO was derived from the name of it's creator
Mouzillat, whose offices were located at 4 bis, rue de Bouloi,
ROMO Junior made in 1954
This is the smallest of the ROMO
viewer range and was intended for children. The picture cards, each
containing 12 stereo pairs, were pulled through by hand. On the leaflet
that came with this viewer were the words, "En un mot. ROMO. Pense aux
Enfants", which translates to ,"In a word. ROMO. Think of the children"
click here to see a
ROMO leaflet announcing new TinTin slides
ROMO "La Stéréochromie" Standard Mk. 1
Viewer from 1955
Made from bakelite. Each viewer carries the words Breveté SGDG on it
which is French for patent.
The front pages from two 1954 ROMO
A ROMO Standard Mk. II Viewer from 1958.
This viewer still sports the flared eye-pieces of
the earlier bakelite version shown above, but was manufactured from
plastic. Although this viewer is very similar to the earlier 'Star' viewer (see brochure pictures at the foot of this page), it
still sports the name 'Standard' on the nameplate. It can be
differentiated from the early 'Star' viewer by the absence of a bridge
between the eye-pieces.
A cream coloured ROMO Standard. This viewer was in a
box marked 'Star' with a slide list dated 1957, so it suggests that the
Standard and the Star name were both used for this style of viewer. The
'Star' viewer shown in the catalogue picture below is slightly earlier and
dates to around 1955
A ROMO Vick 'Standard' Viewer made
Two Vick viewers in different
colours. They were made from plastic and sold around 1963 - 1968(?)
The red viewer is considerably rarer than the cream coloured variety. The
face of the viewer is the same as the 'Standard' show above, however the
eye-pieces have been modernised.
Red / Cream
ROMO Cards have descriptions written on the reverse side in both French and English.
The cards covered subjects such as The Arts, Science, History,
Geography and Tourism.
|Image taken from Édition Spéciale
Lourdes et Environs
|Image taken from card BIARRITZ 806
Plage de la Chambre d'Amour
click here for ROMO Slide List 1957 *
The ROMOFIX Projector was available in
1958 in 110v and 220v versions (through means of a transformer),
it utilised a 50w bulb. It had an accessory that allowed it to
show several different formats of slide.
See the ROMOFIX Manual
A ROMO Business Card
A ROMOFIX Price List dates 1958
Many thanks to S.
Schoevaart for supplying the ROMOFIX paperwork
3D Cross-eyed image of a ROMO STANDARD I