The Great War in 3D.
Its hook is the stereoscopic viewer with 35 cards, but the modestly described “accompanying book” is what will keep the Great War researcher coming back.
Impeccably published in a high-gloss soft cover with generous end flaps, The Album of the Great War: 1914-1918 packs an amazing amount of information into a mere 176 glossy pages of short essays, “news briefs,” excerpts from memoirs, and photographs (most of which I haven’t seen reproduced elsewhere). Although the entries are necessarily abbreviated, the book’s encyclopedic, chronological approach lends value as a ready reference guide to the pursuit of further research.
The stereoscope is made of steel and is finely finished in black enamel. It works beautifully, producing a 3D image to which the brain quickly accommodates. I have visual disabilities that require the simultaneous use of eyeglasses and contact lenses, but the device provided a perfectly focused view that I could see without wearing my specs.
Everything is housed in a magnet-secured box with plastic-covered peepholes to reveal its contents. The stereoscope and its cards are cradled in a flocked plastic insert, with thumb-holes for removal to gain access to the book stored beneath it. The book is lifted from the container with the assistance of a ribbon. These small amenities, supplied for the protection of the collection and the convenience of the user, compensate for the gaudy scarlet and silver presentation case.
NOTE: Don’t be deceived by the simplicity of the gadget and the circus-like packaging. The stereoscope is not a toy, and probably wouldn’t last long in the hands of a child under the age of twelve. The images and information include pictures and descriptions of the dead, which may be disturbing. Do examine these materials carefully, and consider the maturity of any minor to whom you may plan to present (or provide access to) this publication.