If you attended the Philadelphia Miniaturia show this year, you may have seen the amazing miniatures of Jim Watt. I was fortunate enough to be able to acquire two of his beautiful pieces. One is a replica of the Ediphone, a dictation machine designed by Thomas Edison and demonstrated at the 1939/40 New York world’s fair. Remember that the scale of this is one inch to one foot: this machine is about one inch high.

Ediphone miniature by Jim Watt
Ediphone miniature by Jim Watt

 

The other piece is a miniature steroecard viewer (a stereoscope). This included a box of stereo cards, including one featuring Thomas Edison.

Stereoscope and cards
A stereoscope and a box of stereocards by Jim Watt
The Edison stereocard

My big finger shows the scale of the stereobox.