Stanhopes, or ‘peeps’, are miniature microphotographic lenses incorporated in a range of souvenir and novelty collectables produced from the mid-19th century onwards. This well written and fully illustrated volume is an essential reference guide for established collectors and enthusiasts, and a fascinating introduction for those who have yet to discover the amazing world of Stanhopes. It is the most comprehensive book on this subject, is based on original research and contains much previously unpublished material. It traces the history of microphotography, linked with the invention and manufacture of Stanhope lenses.

It describes the commercial acumen of René Dagron who founded the French Stanhope industry and developed worldwide ‘mail order’ microphotography. It will appeal not only to Stanhope collectors, but also to specialists in antique sewing accessories, writing equipment, smokers’ requisites, jewellery, religious artefacts, ‘world fair’ souvenirs, commemorative items and many other collectables. Microscopists and photographic historians will also appreciate the scope of this book. Chapter headings include:
What is a Stanhope? The Mystery of the "Pursall" Thimble The Gex Stanhope Industry
J. B. Dancer, Inventor of Microphotography Stanhopes and the Victorian Traveller Twentieth Century Stanhopes
René Dagron and Mass-produced Microphotography Historical Events on Stanhopes Collectors’ Categories
"Mail Order" Microphotography "World Fair" Stanhopes Reproductions – and Others!
Tributary Crafts of the Stanhope Industry Distributors and Retailers of Stanhopes Caring For Your Collection
Stanhopes in Souvenir Ware
A4 size, 148 pages, 21 chapters, 270+ illustrations including enlarged microphotos.
Book of the Year 2003 - American Photographic Historical Society

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