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42nd National Stereoscopic Association 3-D Convention is July 12 to 18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

The 42nd National Stereoscopic Association (NSA) convention will be held from July 12 through 18 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There are many special events planned during the week. Check out the NSA 3-D CON website for more information about the acitvities.

Guest speakers Dr. Brian May (rock star and lead guitarist of Queen) and Denis Pellerin will talk about their new book titled Crinoline: Fashion's Most Magnificent Disaster.

Crinoline book cover art

3D-CON's Stereo Theatre features HD digital projection on a 16 ' x 9' screen of an eclectic mix of presentations encompassing a diverse range of subjects and techniques.

Image competitions, both modern and vintage, are a long-time tradition of the annual NSA conventions. They are an opportunity for all NSA members to share their work. The awards represent the judges appreciation of specific entries, but the primary objective is the sharing of our love of 3-D photography with our colleagues. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.

Image Competitions

3-D Card Exhibit Competition
The long-established vintage and modern card competition shown in the exhibit room.

On-Site Image Competition
Images taken in the region during the convention and shown on Sunday in the Stereo Theatre.

SSA Card Competition
The SSA sponsors a separate stereocard competition with PSA Star recognition.

Stereo Theatre Competition
The long-established stereo theatre competition.

Stereo Art Gallery
This year sees the 10th edition of the NSA Art Gallery. This exhibit is open to all stereo artists looking for a place to show their work at NSA in an essentially non-competitive setting with the exception being the "Artist's Choice Award", bestowed on one gallery exhibitor by their fellow exhibiting artists. Organizers encourage new approaches to 3-D art, experimental efforts, you name it, they will consider it. This exhibition has an exciting and unexpected air thanks in part to its self-sustaining and forming nature. The size and content of the exhibit is driven by the folks that submit and the space and facilities made available at the conference venue.

Workshops
NSA workshops are not available anywhere else! See demonstrations on creating stereo images, including phantograms, stereo cards, anaglyphs, etc. and discussions about software and hardware. The workshops include time for audience questions and participation, which is a valuable part of each convention.

Trade Fair
Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, the NSA Trade Fair is the ultimate stereo photography marketplace for both vintage and modern 3-D. You will see the entire stereo spectrum with a myriad of tables containing:

  • Stereo cards
  • Vintage viewers and cameras
  • View-Master® items
  • Modern film and digital cameras
  • Modern 3-D viewers
  • Mounting supplies
  • Computer solutions
  • Lenticular displays
  • Contemporary stereo photography
  • Books
  • DVDs
  • Television and display screens
  • Computer software
  • Display solutions
  • Many other goods and services.

NSA Auction
The NSA Auction is one of the largest 3-D related auctions in the world. Members and non-members consign 3-D views and equipment, modern and vintage. The auction will be held on Friday, July 15. Preview is at 6 p.m. and the auction starts at 7 p.m.

Excursions
Excursion #1 Wednesday, July 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bartlesville
Spend a full day exploring Bartlesville, a jewel on the Oklahoma prairie. We will stop first at Price Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Skyscraper and current applicant for UNESCO World Heritage recognition. A tour guide will speak to us briefly about the significance of the structure and there will be an opportunity to take photographs. We then head to Frank Phillips' Woolaroc Ranch, where we will eat a barbeque lunch in the dining room of his family lodge (included in the tour price). Woolaroc is home to exotic animals and a museum housing an amazing collection of Western art and artifacts. You might even get to throw a tomahawk or shoot a powder rifle! Photography (without flash) is allowed in the lodge and museum, so there are plenty of great photo opportunities. For more information visit www.pricetower.org and www.woolaroc.com. Cost $50; limited to 50 attendees.

Excursion #2 Sunday, July 17, 7 to 9 p.m.
Haunted Tulsa Bus Tour
This is a two-hour guided tour of Tulsa's most haunted places presented by Tulsa Spirit Tours. A great chance to learn about Tulsa history in a fun and unique way. Hear real EVP's (Electronic Voice Phenomena) that were captured by their team while investigating these historically haunted locations! One of the only tours in the country to play actual field material by real paranormal researchers. For more information visit www.tulsaspirittour.com. Cost $27; limited to 25 participants so sign up early!

Excursion #3 Monday, July 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tulsa Art Deco and Route 66
Join us for a full day guided tour of the Art Deco architecture and Route 66 history of Tulsa by Tours of Tulsa. This on and off bus/walking tour will cover the highlights of Tulsa's amazing time capsule of Art Deco architecture, including the underground tunnels downtown. We will also visit classic Route 66 icons in and around Tulsa, including the Catoosa Blue Whale and an original stretch of the Mother Road. Lunch will be 'on your own' at a local downtown barbeque joint next to the famous Cain's Ballroom. This tour will highlight the collision of sophistication and kitsch that are the hallmarks of Tulsa! For more information visit www.toursoftulsa.com. Cost $55; limited to 50 people.

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Dave Yost View-Master® Collection Goes up for Auction on eBay

More than 2,000 reels will be listed from the Dave Yost View-Master® collection on eBay in the coming weeks. The View-Master® items are being listed by seller gottoyz4u, who acquired the collection at a local auction from Lilitz, Pennsylvania. "Several popular View-Master® sets have already been listed and sold with many more to come," said seller gottoyz4u. "There are several reels and sets in experimental packaging listed in the auctions."

Some of the rarer items are the display advertising pieces. One of the display items is a lighted promotional motion lamp introducing the new GAF Talking View-Master® Stereo Viewer. The tabletop display illuminates the top and bottom graphics, which isthe same artwork featured on several View-Master® sets. Text describes the images as Space, Biblical, Fairy Tales, Scenic Wonders and more. The lower images rotate but the top images are stationary. Asking price is $1,999.99 with the option to make an offer.

View-Master® display

View-Master® display

The next advertising piece is a Sawyer's View-Master® rolling multi-viewer tabletop display. Five View-Master® viewers are mounted to the display, which illuminates and turns, allowing people to preview the View-Master® reels in each viewer. Asking price is $1,499.99 with an option to make an offer.

View-Master® display

View-Master® display

View-Master® display

The auctions for the tabletop displays are set to end on July 4.

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View-Master® Cassette Tapes and Reels

Did you know View-Master® made reel sets that included 10 minute stories on audio cassettes? Here are a some of the titles in the series.

View-Master® cassettes

View-Master® cassettes

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View-Master® cassette

View-Master® cassette

View-Master® cassette

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Buy 3-D items at The Stereo Store!

Auction Results

KISS Read-a-long-View-Master set cover art

KISS Read-a-long-View-Master set inside.

A KISS Read-Along View-Master® set sold for $218.62 with 26 bids.

View-Master Captain Kremmen cover art

View-Master Captain Kremmen cover art UK

A Captain Kremmen View-Master® set on a yellow blister card sold for $5.50 with three bids. This is a rare time that View-Master® produced a 3-reel set that showed a woman with erect nipples in the artwork on the cover of the blister card. The set was released in 1979.

Captain Kremmen was a science fiction radio serial set in the early 21st Century. The pilot opens in 2005. It was written and performed for Capital Radio by the DJ Kenny Everett, and was also broadcast on Liverpool's Radio City and Nottingham's Radio Trent. It featured the eponymous vain and dimwitted spaceship captain Elvis Brandenburg Kremmen. Everett took the name Kremmen from a record label owned by the son of the Man of a Thousand Voices, Mel Blanc. Each episode began with a recap by Everett's fellow DJ, Tommy Vance.

The main characters
Captain Elvis Brandenburg Kremmen - Born in Liverpool on Christmas Day in 1950, Kremmen grew up with an interest in becoming an astronaut like his idol, Dan Dare. In the animated version, he bears a striking resemblance to Kenny Everett, who was also born in Liverpool on Christmas Day, but in 1944.

Graduating from the Space Academy, Kremmen went on to become the world's most fabulous man, as well as a captain for Star Corps. He also has bionic veins, and a bionic left foot with a detachable big toe that converts into a space cannon. According to a "computer read-out" at the beginning of the episodes, he has an IQ of 498 and a height of 6 foot 10 inches, and is a supreme athlete, a concert pianist, Concorde pilot, mountain climber, diplomat, space captain and genius. Another variation on the opening script said he had "muscles in places where most other people don't even have places".

Carla - Born in New York on July 27, 1950 was an American, Carla is the world's most voluptuous woman. She came from a poor family, and used her beauty to get a job in Star Corps. Whenever alone with Kremmen, she persuades him to have casual sex with her. Her first visual appearance saw her looking like Marilyn Monroe, but this was changed in the TV series.

Dr. Heinrich von Gitfinger - Born in Eastbourne on April 27, 1948 Named "Grelbman" in the graphic novel, Gitfinger is Kremmen's scientific aide from Germany. In some areas, he is portrayed as a Nazi. He is married and has children living in West Germany. Also Michael Fish a.k.a. Dr. Gitfinger born on April 27, 1944.

Other minor characters include Gonad, Schmuckstein, Threllmer and Fooman, who are all technicians aboard the Troll-1, Kremmen's spaceship, which is more than a little reminiscent of a portable cassette recorder.

View-Master® Dogpatch U.S.A. packet on a blister card.

A Dogpatch U.S.A. View-Master® packet on a blister card sold for $75 with 30 bids. The packet is mint never opened and is stapled on a scenic blister card.

View-Master Six Flags Stars Hall of Fame Museum blister packet

A Six Flags Stars Hall of Fame Wax Museum View-Master® packet on a blister card sold for $64 with four bids. The packet is mint never opened and is stapled on a scenic blister card.

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