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The Monkees in 3-D

Peter Tork in 3-D
Peter Tork 3-D (cross-eye) photo courtesy of Ron Labbe

We were saddend to hear of the passing of Peter Tork, bassist for The Monkees, at the age of 77. Many thanks to Ron Labbe for sharing a 3-D photo he took of Peter Tork in 1981 at K's Too in Lowell, MA. Labbe had recently gotten into 3-D and was testing his View-Master® Personal® camera close-up attachment. Labbe also was able to get photos with Micky Dolenz at the same venue.

The Monkees View-Master packet cover art.The Monkees View-Master® packet

Monkees View-Master slide.
Slide scan from The Monkees View-Master® packet courtesy of Ron Labbe

The Monkees were featured on the View-Master® 3-reel packet B493 released in 1967. The photos on the reels were taken during the filming of the episode Last Wheelbarrow to Pokeyville. The packet contained a 16-page illustrated color story booklet.

The story began when the Monkees - Davy, Mike, Micky, and Peter, drove into Pokeyville in their Monkeemobile and the sheriff arrested them for speeding at 14 miles per hour!

That wouldn't have been so bad, but when Ella Mae, the village belle, began makin' eyes at Davy, things got a mite complicated. Her jealous boyfriend, Judd, kidnapped Davy and threatened to dip him into his sour-mash still. Mike, Micky, and Peter had to act fast to save Davy from becoming a batch of mountain dew.

Their plan of action started with a pig in a baby buggy, and ended...Well, let's just say that the feudin' clan of Mashstomper and Prunesmoother won't soon forget the day the Monkees came to Pokeyville!

The Monkees View-Master packet back side.The Monkees View-Master® packet back

Monkees View-Master booklet cover art.
The Monkees View-Master® booklet

GAF released the same images of The Monkees on a set of three Tru-Vue film cards.

Monkees Tru-Vue Story Set
The Monkees Tru-Vue Magic Eyes Story Set

Monkees Tru-Vue film cards.
The Monkees Tru-Vue Magic Eyes Story Set Film Cards

The Monkees The Complete Series blu-ray lenticular cover art
The Monkees Blu-ray box set features a 3-D lenticular cover

Monkees Anthology 3-D LenticularThe Monkees Anthology CD from Rhino Records 3-D lenticular cover


The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees lenticular CD cover Rhino Records 2010

Monkees Flicker RingsMonkees Flicker rings from Vari-Vue were available in gumball machines

Monkees Kellogg's cereal Flicker ring.
Kellogg's cereal Monkees Flicker ring in original packaging

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3-D: Double Vision at Los Angeles County Museum of Art through March 31, 2019

3-D Comics are on display at 3-D: Double Vision.

The quest for perfect 3-D representation drives innovation, stimulates creative expression, and sparks wonder in generation after generation. 3-D: Double Vision is the first American exhibition to survey a full range of artworks, dating from 1838 to the present, that produce the illusion of three dimensions. These artworks function by activating binocular vision, the process by which our brains synthesize the information received by our two eyes into a single, volumetric image.

The history of 3-D begins in the 1830s with the invention of the stereoscope. Initially considered a scientific device, the stereoscope soon entered popular culture, as Victorian audiences became fascinated with stereo photographs depicting faraway lands, colossal monuments, current events, and comic scenes. 3-D motion picture technology followed in the 20th century, along with consumer products such as View Master® and Stereo Realist cameras. Lenticular printing and holography generate dimensional effects without the aid of glasses. In the digital present, artists have access to all these technologies for generating virtual images.

Drawn from the realms of art, science, mass culture, and entertainment, the artworks in 3-D: Double Vision will dazzle the eyes and provoke the imagination. Ultimately, to experience 3-D is to engage with questions about the nature of perception, the allure of illusionism, and our relationship with the technologies that create such images.

On Feb. 9, 2019, cartoonist Jason Little was to be joined by actors James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers) and Todd Alcott (Antz) for a slide show performance and lecture on the history of anaglyph 3-D comic books in conjunction with 3-D Space hosting an exhibit of 3-D comic books and comic art at the 3-D: Double Vision exhibition. Little was to provide historical and technical context for the first appearance of 3-D comics in 1953, as well as revivals in the 1970s and 80s. The performance featured work by Joe Kubert, Don Glassford, and Ray Zone, among others.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd.in Los Angeles, California. The 3-D: Double Vision exhibit is in Level 2 of the Art of the Americas Building.

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Outstanding Depth of Field at the SD&A 3-D Theatre Session

SD&A logoOn Jan. 14, 2019, a selection of thirty 3-D films were showcased at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel near San Francisco as part of the 30th annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) conference 3-D Theatre Session.

Attendees, including some of the world’s foremost experts in stereoscopic imaging technologies, were treated to an outstanding selection of 3-D cinema and video content. This annual event exhibits the wide range of 3-D content currently being produced and exhibited around the world, from major studios to researchers to talented individuals.

In order to reward and recognize the high-quality work that is being conducted in this field, the session producers and judges are pleased to announce the following Best-of-Show award winners:

Best-of-Show Live-Action Category
Albuquerque Balloon Festival – Mass Ascension – John Hart (USA)
John Hart is Professor Emeritus in the department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. More of John’s works are available online.

Best-of-Show Animation Category
The Simple Carnival – Go Away I Like You Too Much – Jeff Boller (USA)
The Simple Carnival is the musical moniker of Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Jeff Boller. Jeff created his animated music video, about a boy who has a crush on a girl and subsequently wants to avoid her, over the course of a year and a half. more of Jeff’s works are available online..

The full list of 3-D content exhibited at the session:

Competition Category

  1. Albuquerque Balloon Festival – Mass Ascension – John Hart (USA)
  2. Backyard Birds 1 – Hélio Augusto Godoy de Souza (Brazil)
  3. Crooked Billet II – Richard Connew (UK)
  4. desperateBeauty – Strategies (music video excerpt) – desperateBeauty (UK)
  5. Domino Secret of the Lost World – Marek Audy (Czech Republic)
  6. Fascination Mountains – Produced by KUK Filmproduction for psHolix AG (Germany)
  7. Flamenco – Demetri Portelli and Tony Davis (USA)
  8. Hidden Stereo Treasures – Creator: Robert Bloomberg; Motion graphics: Steve Andersen and Pad McLaughlin (USA)
  9. Macy’s Flower Show – E. James Smith (USA)
  10. Metamorphosis – Michel Patient (France)
  11. Mystery Fire – Aleksey Osipenkov (Russia)
  12. Platform 6 – Karel Bata (UK)
  13. Space... Spaces! – Esther Jacopin (France)
  14. The Reaper – Simon Querez (USA)
  15. The Simple Carnival - Go Away I Like You Too Much – Jeff Boller (USA)
  16. The Stereoscopic Society – Kate Sullivan with the Stereoscopic Society (UK)
  17. The Virtual (Reality) Museum of Immersive Experiences – Volker Kuchelmeister (Australia)
  18. Toylettes in 3-D – Christian A. Zschammer (Germany)
  19. Une Histoire D'amour (A Love Story) – Julien Charpier (France)
  20. Vikramshila University in 3-D – Royal Tech Media Private Limited (India)
    Demonstration Category:
  21. Avengers: Infinity War – Marvel Studios (USA)
  22. Charlie Chaplin ‘Accidental 3-D’ (from 1928) – Eric Kurland (USA)
  23. Coco – Pixar Animation Studios (USA)
  24. Cryogen Children – Sadie Schiffman-Eller (USA)
  25. Incredibles 2 – Pixar Animation Studios (USA)
  26. Moonlight – Peter Rose (USA)
  27. Nanoanalysis of an Optoelectronic Device – Device manufacture: Compound Semiconductor Technologies; Data collection: William Rickard and Charlie Ironside, Curtin University; Visualization: Jesse Helliwell, Curtin HIVE (Australia)
  28. Sangaree (from 1953) – Kino Lorber; restored by 3-D Film Archive (USA)
  29. Skateboard Park – Peter Rose (USA)
  30. The Maze (from 1953) – Kino Lorber; restored by 3-D Film Archive (USA)

Event Judges

  • Miriam Ross from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ), where she is Senior Lecturer in the Film Programme.
  • Eric Kurland from 3-D Space, who has worked on 3-D productions for Fox and OK GO.

The producers were John Stern (Intuitive Surgical, retired), Dan Lawrence (DepthQ Stereoscopic); Chris Ward (Lightspeed Design Group and DepthQ Stereoscopic), and Andrew Woods (Curtin University). SD&A is grateful for the support of the projection sponsors: DepthQ Stereoscopic and Christie Digital; and the 3-D Theatre partners: LA 3-D Movie Festival and 3-D Film Archive.

See photos from the SD&A conference online.

About SD&A
The annual Stereoscopic Displays & Applications (SD&A) conference is the world's premier conference for 3-D innovation. It is the largest and longest–running technical conference dedicated to the discussion of stereoscopic 3-D imaging topics. The SD&A conference is part of the International Symposium on Electronic Imaging organized by the technical society IS&T. The SD&A conference program includes a range of exciting and useful special sessions, as well as research-based oral and poster presentations dedicated to stereoscopic imaging topics. Special sessions include keynote presentations and live demonstrations of stereoscopic displays and applications.

More information about the SD&A conference
Information about the SD&A 3-D Theatre Session
Information about the Electronic Imaging Symposium

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View-Master® and the Elmlawn Cemetery in Kenmore, New York

A project by Al Woodcock

View-Master reels of Elmlawn Cemetery.

Around 1940, Sawyer’s Inc. began producing promotional View-Master® reels for other companies using the blue ring format. Three untitled but numbered 1, 2 and 3 blue ring reels are all devoted to cemetery scenes. "I learned about these reels when they were auctioned on eBay," said Al Woodcock, who worked on a project to find out more about the connection between Elmlawn Cemetery in Kenmore, New York and View-Master®.

"One of the pictures on reel 1 is titled 'Little Chapel of the Elms.' Using the web, I located a chapel by that name in the Elmlawn Cemetery founded in 1902 and located in Tonawanda New York, a northern suburb of Buffalo, two hours from my home. I lost the auction for these rare reels, but that is just the start of the story thanks to Mary Ann Sell who kindly sent me pictures of the scenes in each reel. The photos of the chapel and other landmarks on the cemetery’s web site and those on the first two reels were similar as I suspected."

In May 2008, Woodcock visited the cemetery and took pictures of all the recognizable locations. "During my stay, I met James Huggins, the president who joined the cemetery in 1969, as well as several more-recently-arrived members of his staff," said Woodcock. "None of them could recognize any of the scenes on the third reel, so it is unlikely that these were taken at Elmlawn. Their location remains a mystery, along with how Sawyer’s and Elmlawn got together."

See the View-Master® photos and Woodcock's more recent photos taken in the same locations in the reels, and learn some more about this project.

Woodcock welcomes any additional information about these reels and would love to hear from you. Woodcock is available on Facebook.

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Online 3-D Depth Map Photo Creator

Wondering how you can create your own 3-D depth map photos to post online? 3-D Photo Creator is a free online creation tool to make your 2-D photos into those movable faux 3-D photos. However, you can only upload the generated photos using iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max. 3-D Photos can only be uploaded on mobile from these devices, which is required by Facebook.

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Nishika Pinback Enamel Pin

Nishika enamel pin.

This Nishika enamel pin was available in a limited run of 50. The pin measures 1.5" with a black rubber clutch.

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Will View-Master® - The Movie Be in 3-D?

The Creature is all about a View-Master feature.

It has been announced that Mattel Inc. and MGM will develop a live action motion picture based on Mattel’s classic View-Master® toy line. No word yet on whether the film will be in 3-D, but it seems a no-brainer. It is the second toy-based Mattel-MGM collaboration following the Feb. 15, 2019 announcement about a film based on Mattel’s American Girl doll brand.

Mattel Films and MGM will co-produce the film and have tapped Robbie Brenner, Mattel’s Head of Film and Cassidy Lange, MGM’s Co-President of Production to oversee the film's production.

Brenner said, “Since the 1940’s, View-Master® has inspired wonder and joy in children of all ages, creating huge opportunities for storytelling. MGM Pictures has tremendous expertise and a proven track record in capturing audiences’ imagination through film, and we’re proud to be partnering with them to bring another Mattel franchise to theatres. This marks another important milestone as we transform Mattel into an IP-driven, high-performing toy company.”

MGM’s Motion Picture Group President Jonathan Glickman said, “View-Master® was the first device that allowed families all over the world to escape their reality and take them places they never thought they could go. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Mattel to create a family adventure integrating the old school turn and click stereotypic device with the modern world of virtual reality.”

In addition to the American Girl and View-Master® projects, Mattel has announced an upcoming Hot Wheels live action motion picture and a Barbie feature-film starring and co-produced by Margot Robbie, both in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures. Mattel has partnered with Sony Pictures for a “reimagining” of Masters of the Universe, based on Mattel’s toy line that was previously adapted for an animated television program.

Where will this go? Perhaps a crossover film called View-Masters of the Universe? Hey, Mattel and MGM, I have an perfect idea for the script...call me and we'll talk.

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Fujifilm Sanrio Hello Kitty V1 3-D Digital Photo Frame

A Fujifilm V1 Sanrio Hello Kitty 3-D and 2-D Digital Photo Frame was offered for a buy it now price of $206.49 with no bids.

Mutant M-Cine 3-D Picture Frame

A Mutant M-Cine 3-D Digital Picture Photo Frame was offered at a $70 buy it now price. We've never seen this listed anywhere online except for the seller who apparently had two of them and previously selling one for $70. Apparently, there is also an M-Focus 3-D camera to take the photos, but we couldn't find any other references about the camera online.
Editor's Note:
We would welcome any additional information about this item from our readers.

Seller Product Description
The Mutant Dimension Series: M-Cine is your portable 3-D media player solution. Prop it up at home for a great 3-D photo frame for displaying your family photos in 3-D (take 3-D photos with our 3-D camera, the M-Focus!). Or, take it with you for on-the-go 3-D multimedia playback. The built-in rechargeable battery lets you entertain yourself or others anywhere you need.

The M-Cine will playback your 3-D movies or 3-D photos without the need for special glasses! This lets you share your 3-D content with others much easier! Or, display your 2-D movies, and let the M-Cine convert it to 3-D for you!

Features
Parallax barrier type 3-D digital stereoscopic display with 800×480 resolution
No 3-D eyeglasses required!
2-D/3-D image and video playback
MP3 decoder for MP3 playback
Convertibility between 2-D & 3-D content
Unique soft touch hidden control key for easy navigation
Stylish bracket design
Stereo Audio playback
Voice message record, Alarm clock and Calendar
Multi-picture display effect
AV Out, Audio Output
Built-in Li-ion battery for mobile standalone viewing

Specs
Display: Stereoscopic TFT
Screen Size: 7 Inches
Three Dimensional Display: Yes
Resolution: 800×480 pixels
Brightness: 350cd/m2
Contrast Rate: 400:1
Reachable Visual Angle: 130°(H)110°(V)
Video Format: MPEG4/AVI 720X480P@30PF
Audio and Video Output: AV Out. Earphone Stereo Output
Audio Format: MP3
Image Format: JPEG
Storage: SD/MMC Card Slot
Message Record: Yes
Video Switch Format: Menu Switch(PAL/NTSC)
Remote Control: Yes
Output Interface: USB2.0 OTG
Built-in Battery: 4500 mAh
Other Specifications: Eight Special Displaying Effects: normal, black and white, sepia (antique), frames (picture frames), Len distortion, Z-light (bright), Chrome (RGB enhancement), edge (edge enhancement),Music Background, Calendar, Alarm Clock
Power: 5V DC Input, 2A

Tomytronic 3-D Thundering Turbo

A 1980s TomyTronic 3-D Thundering Turbo handheld game was offered for $125. TomyTronic also had several other 3-D titles in the series.

Tomytronic 3-D Planet Zeon

Planet Zeon space game

Tomytronic 3-D Jungle Fighter

Jungle Fighter game

Tomytronic 3-D Shark Attack

Shark Attack game

Tomytronic 3-D Sherman Attack

Sherman Attack game

Tomytronic 3-D Sky Attack

Sky Attack game

Tomytronic 3-D Skyfighters

Sky Fighters game

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