Vintage Kaleidoscope - EK Mono by Après la Pluie, France

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Vintage Kaleidoscope - EK Mono by Après la Pluie, France

The EK Mono is a wonderful handcrafted monochromatic 2-mirror dry cell kaleidoscope by French artist Dominic Stora.  Handmade with a book-binding paper over cardboard, the EK Mono interior colors match to its exterior colors.  The object cell end has a clear, patterned cover creating a texture behind the interior images.  

Dominic, together with his wife, produces a line of more than 30 different kaleidoscopes sold in their store, Après la Pluie in Beaumont en Auge, France.  Beaumont en Auge is in the Normandy region in northwestern France.

*From 1984 to 2020, Linda Given succeeded to bring a little more "joie" to the world from her retail store Joie de Vivre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Joie de Vivre was well known for its delightful, clever, beautiful, original and just plain wacky gift items ~ and for its wonderful collection of handcrafted and artistic kaleidoscopes.  Joie de Vivre closed its doors in November 2020 after 36 wonderful years.  We are honored to bring Linda's remaining inventory to you here.  Please continue to check back in as we work to get all the scopes photographed and posted to this area. These are vintage kaleidoscopes that were on display in the store and do show signs of wear.