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He designed and made precision drawing and mathematical instruments, surveying instruments and telescopes.
1853 Established his business - W. F. Stanley
He filed 78 patents in the UK and US.
1868 He published "A Descriptive Treatise on Mathematical Drawing Instruments, their Construction, Uses, Qualities, Selection, Preservation and Suggestions for Improvements, with Hints on Drawing and Colouring." By W F Stanley, F.S.A. Second Edition. Stanley, Great Turnstile, London. 1868.
Obituary 1909 
. . . In 1856, two years after starting in business, Mr. Stanley invented the simple form of stereoscope . . . Mr. Stanley was in his eighty-second year . . [more]