World’s Largest Binoculars (Feb, 1930)

World’s Largest Binoculars

A HUGE pair of binoculars, pictured below, believed to be the largest in the world, were placed on exhibit at the optical congress at Northampton Polytechnic, Northampton, Massachusetts.

  1. Don F says: June 22, 20115:45 am

    That picture had to be photoshopped . . . .

  2. John says: June 22, 20116:55 am

    Don F » Oh yeah, the 1930 edition of Photoshop. Ran on a slide rule. Took forever and it still wound up looking like a pencil drawing.

  3. George says: June 22, 20119:27 am

    I think someone Photoshopped the article, too. I think that should be Northampton, U.K.

  4. John says: June 22, 20119:52 am

    George: Yeah just a whole lot of Photoshopping going on in 1930.

  5. Don F says: June 22, 201110:58 am

    We didn’t have slide rules . . . had to use an ABACUS . . . and we LIKED it!

  6. John says: June 22, 201111:07 am

    Don F » Way to scoff, Don. I didn’t think that you were that old.

  7. Tim says: June 22, 201112:24 pm

    In those days, “Cut and Paste” really meant Cut and Paste, as in cut a picture of binoculars out of the Sears and Roebuck catalog and paste it on the picture of the woman, then photograph the result.

    I think if they were real it would take a pretty sturdy tripod (or jack stand) to hold them up.

  8. GaryM says: June 22, 201112:40 pm

    Tim: And when they “photoshopped,” they went shopping for photos to cut out and paste in.

  9. dorkly chair of the institute for space politics says: June 22, 20111:50 pm

    Reminds me of Megatron.

  10. Hirudinea says: June 22, 20112:34 pm

    King Kong goes to the opera!

  11. jayessell says: June 22, 20116:37 pm

    How do we know that woman isn’t really tiny?

  12. Alan B. Barley says: June 22, 20118:16 pm

    Look thru these various articles. Even the classiest of publications freaquently alter photos far beyond, “exposure correction”. With no warning or explanation. Some where on “Shorpy’s Photo Archive” there is a pretty good discussion thread with examples showing how extensive “harmless retouching” by publications for dramatic effect & just to create sensational articles actually was. In my opinion, the “harmlessly retouched” (apolitical) news photo were no longer accepted by the public in response to the Soviets, & Facists propaganda photos. “True Detective Magazine” and “News of the World” carried on the “photoshop” tradition for many years after WWII.

  13. carlm says: June 23, 20114:09 am

    Before Adobe Photoshop, the common term used for altering photos was “airbrushing” This technique was common to remove skin blemishes and other unwanted parts of a photo. “Of course she looks great in that photo, it was airbrushed” Photoshop, which is a trade name (noun) has become a verb. Same as the word Xerox In the 30’s I’m sure it was a cut and paste job. Which is also a graphics arts carryover term. These were real artists that used real physical tools.

  14. Charlene says: June 23, 201111:48 am

    @John: The word “photoshop” nowadays is used to describe all forms of photo-manipulation, even those that preceded computer-based image editing. The Adobe Corporation may wish to protect its trademark, but why are you so het up about it? Why do you care if the language changes?

  15. slim says: June 23, 20116:37 pm

    That’s one strong woman, and her eyes must be really far apart.

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