Vive Camera Company, Chicago, Illinois          circa 1900


The Magazine Twin Lens Vive was a stereoscopic version of the standard mechanical plate changing "M.P.C." magazine cameras, being offered by the Vive Camera Company.


Appearing by 1900 in The International Annual of Anthony's Photographic Bulletin, Volume XII, the camera made two images on 3-1/2 x 6-3/4 plates, retained within twelve metal holders. The camera was equipped with a single viewfinder and a universal tripod mount. The shutter release was located at the bottom and could be used pneumatically with an adaptor.


Like the Compact 5x7 Tourist and the 3-1/2 x 6-3/4 Tourist Style cameras that were also priced at $15, the Magazine Twin Lens Vive fell into the higher end of Vive's magazine camera line. None of these models proved as popular as Vive's 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 and 4x5 M.P.C.'s, production was evidently very low and they are rarely encountered today.














            From Vive Camera Company's 1900 catalogue       (courtesy of Pacific Rim Camera)



            Vive Camera Company's 1900 catalogue cover      (courtesy of Pacific Rim Camera)