Periscope for Bridge Kabitzers (Dec, 1933)

Periscope for Bridge Kabitzers

AT A recent international bridge match the problem of letting people watch the play without interfering with the players was satisfactorily solved by the use of a horizontal periscope with one end suspended over the table and the other fitted through one wall of the room, so that the observers need neither be seen nor heard by the players.

From the observer’s standpoint this method of watching a bridge game is more satisfactory than standing by the table, as it permits a view of the cards held in all hands as well as a better look at those played.

7 comments
  1. Casandro says: July 14, 20087:45 am

    If they only knew the technology of glass lenses, they might have been able to project a decent size image of the table into a dark room.

  2. Virginia says: July 14, 200810:01 am

    Oh yes Casandro, and next present it as a Sunday afternoon TV selection (previously reserved for football). We dare to dream.

  3. Rick Auricchio says: July 14, 20081:08 pm

    So the man in the foreground (gray suit) is looking through the head of the woman in front of him? If he has X-Ray Vision (TM), then why does he need the periscope at all!

  4. Ian Hammond says: July 14, 20083:10 pm

    If the observers need neither be seen nor heard by the players, why does the window have the sign SILENCE above it?

  5. ratpack says: July 14, 20084:22 pm

    to Casandro

    In 1933 the “technology of glass lenses” was well understood for century’s (how do you think they took the picture for the magazine) The camera obscura dates back to the 5th century.
    http://brightbytes.com/…

    They most likely didn’t have the room to have a projected image. It looks as though the people are viewing from the hallway outside the room.

  6. Torgo says: July 14, 20085:59 pm

    Chef Tel needs one of these.

  7. KHarn says: July 19, 20089:35 am

    Disney World used to have a “camera obscura” in it’s Main Street camera store, it was cool!

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