Bulgarian Viewer




This viewer was manufactured in Bulgaria and is sturdily constructed from heavy plastic. The light diffusers are actually made from glass and the whole viewer is held together by four non-tapered screws. The viewer was produced in the mid 1960's.

The slides are manufactured from card and are prone to wear and warping but the images are good quality and have retained their colour well. The word at the top of each card says, "Stereo Images" in Bulgarian, followed by the serial number. The three slides are titled, from top to bottom,  are 'Happy Childhood', 'At the Christo Cmirneski Park' and 'Minutes of Relaxation'. The bottom line reads, 'Artistic Design by SGNS'


Scenes from the slides show above.
(Notice the fairground swing is actually an old aircraft fuselage!)


These 'fuselage'  swings were known as Gondola's                                                                                                          

The instruction manual that accompanied the viewer.

The translation of the manual goes as follows:


1. Purpose:
The stereoscope is used for viewing of stereo-images with both eyes.

2. Way of Use:
We take the card-board with the stereo images, and we put it in the upper opening of the stereoscope in such a way, that the arrow is facing us and downwards. After this, we push the card until the advancing mechanism locks it in -- you hear a "click" and the stereoscope is ready for viewing.

With the repeated depressing of the lever from the top to the bottom position, and releasing it, we change one scene with another, until the entire card runs through the stereoscope.

We take out the card from below and place in another card at the top-slot of the stereoscope, we push it in until we hear a click, and the stereoscope is yet again ready for viewing.

The lever has to be brought to the lowest position, so that the photographs align perfectly with the screen (a matte mirror). If the lever is not brought to the lowest position, the photograph will not change. After it reaches the lowest position, you must lightly bring the lever back up to its top position.

If, while viewing the photographs with the stereoscope, we can see two images, we need to shift the card slightly to the left or the right, and move the stereoscope a little closer or a little further from our eyes.

In the event of getting the lens and glass pieces dirty, the latter can be cleaned with cotton or a soft cloth.

The Second page reads:

Manufacturer RP for OMP
price 4.10 lev.
Manufactured on ?/03/1964

Many thanks to Lubo Grouev for the translation from Bulgarian into English

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