While teaching a DSLR Photography Lesson a student wanted to photograph that thing you see above. Its proper name I could not even dream of at the time. Even after giving it more thought, not until I visited its maker's website did it seem obvious: this thing is called a binocular viewer. To look upon one up close is to me to witness a relic of the past. Something first encountered on a family trip as a child. Some marker of a place of significance that is better seen up close.
I would guess few objects are made like a binocular viewer still is, its pedestal seemingly hewn from a solid piece of iron and the binoculars themselves cast from thick steel. Few things seen in modern daily life seem as immutable. I cannot imagine its exterior design has changed at all in fifty years. The inner optics must have, but maybe not.
It also never occured to me to feed it a quarter and look through it. 25 cents somehow seems an unacceptable fortune to see something I already can. There is no LCD screen or preview or marketing gimmick attached to the binocular viewer to pry a valuable and useful quarter from my pocket. Yet, I felt immensely glad it was there, and continues to exist, like the feeling one has when coming across and old, solitary tree.