Another Fall Festival idea. My children love these! Kaleidoscopes to You sent me a beautiful Kaleidoscope for review and one for giveaway. They each come with a stand to display them. They are beautiful. I received the NJ 4.5 inch. It comes in a nice box (for gift giving), with the kaleidoscope and the base in their own individual cloth bag. This is not your run of the mill kaleidoscope! These are also nice to have on display.
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"NJ 4.5 Inch Long Laminated Wooden Teleidoscope. Beautiful Solid Wood & Hand laminated woods. Dimensions are 4.5 inches long by 7/8 inch diameter. Does include Matching Paduk base. The interior Image pictures shown here are shown to show you whatever you point the ball lens towards is what you are going to see in abstract thru this type of kaleidoscope. These interior pictures were taken looking thru the teleidoscope looking at the computer screen at the Microsoft Windows logo and a campbells soup can. Very nice blue Gift box is included."
|Kaleidoscope on base for display!|
Remember your first Kaleidoscope and the fun you had using it. All the beautiful designs and colors! Mine was one of those cardboard type, but I still received a lot of enjoyment from it. Now, here is a well made version that will last for years!
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History of Kaleidoscopes:
"Kaleidoscopes were invented in 1816 by David Brewster a Scottish inventor. Sir David Brewster was studying many aspects of physical Sciences including polarization optics and the properties of light. While looking at some objects at the end of 2 mirrors He noticed patterns and colors were recreated and reformed into Beautiful new arrangements. He named this new invention after the greek words meaning beautiful form watcher. kalos, the greek word for beautiful, eodos, the greek word = shape scopeo, the greek word = to look at.
In 1817 He patented his idea but is seems a incorrectly worded patent made it easy for others to copy without much in way of legal recourse. David Brewster actually did not see much in way of financial success from this invention as other inventors were aggressive in mass producing this new art form. Sir David Brewstwe was instrumental in many light and optical advances including a lens design for lighthouses and in 1849 He made advances in Stereoscope designs.
Kaleidoscopes became very popular during the Victorian age as a parlor diversion. Charles Bush was a very popular United States kaleidoscope maker during the 1870s for his parlor kaleidoscope. He patent his idea in 1873 and to this day collectors search for this particular kaleidoscope. These were made with a round base and a rarer 4 footed version.
Many of the baby boomers remember receiving a toy kaleidoscope as a kid. It was not until the late 1970s that a renaissance in Kaleidoscope artistry began. In 1980 a first exhibition of kaleidoscopes helped fuel the interest in kaleidoscopes as an art form. Today there are 100's of great kaleidoscope artists and kaleidoscope makers."
I love the simplicity and beauty of this Kaleidoscope. My daughters enjoy looking at different surfaces to see the interior of the kaleidoscope change.
This is a perfect inside for Fall idea! Or if you have a sick child who has to stay in bed for awhile. Like mine this morning.
You can find Kaleidoscopes to You on Facebook and Twitter. They also have marbles, Jewelry and Art Glass. You really need to visit their site. What a lot of great gifts they have.
Kaleidoscopes to You sent me the same model to send to the winner of this giveaway!
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a Kaleidoscope for review purposes. All quotes are from the Kaleidoscopes to You website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.