MARTE, a rare Spanish stereo viewer



The MARTE viewer was manufactured in Spain in the early 1960s. It is made from a hard, brittle plastic which is easily cracked. That probably explains why these viewers are so rare today.

The viewer itself is large and feels quite 'chunky'. The picture cards it takes are large also, measuring 200mm x 100mm and containing just six stereo pairs, each picture being 20mmx20mm. The film used suffers from a common problem that of loosing its colour pigment over time, eventually fading to a magenta monochrome finish, but the detail in the pictures remains good.

Notice the lenses are riveted in place and the main body is screwed together. Cards are manually advanced from the top down with a spring engaging in a hole on the slide, to assist with positioning. The view description is visible in a small windows between and beneath the viewing lenses.


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