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May 2005 Issue

Vol. 3, No. 5

3-D Review is your headquarters for information about new stereoscopic products from around the world.

3-D Digital Cinema Gains Momentum with First-Ever Showing at Large Format Conference in Los Angeles
Award-Winning 3-D Content Premier Event to Use Industry-Leading Christie CP2000 DLP Cinema™ Projector

Christie CP2000 2K DLP Cinema ProjectorChristie, first in DLP Cinema™ projection, announced that the Christie CP2000 2K resolution DLP Cinema projector was used in a demonstration of the latest generation of 3-D entertainment technology using the ground-breaking single lens system. The event, Los Angeles’ first-ever 3-D presentation, took place at this year’s Large Format Cinema Association Conference (LFCA) and Film Festival at the Universal City Hilton on April 28. It featured award winning 3-D HD Digital Cinema content, including Bugs!, created by Principal Large Format, which won a “Best Film of Festival” award from the LFCA.

The sponsor of the event is Crest National, an industry leader in all forms of digital media, including Large Format film, HD video and DVD/CD/SACD manufacturing. It selected the Christie CP2000 projector because it offers the highest resolution DLP Cinema technology commercially available today and is the industry’s brightest Digital Cinema projector, an important requirement for optimum viewing of large format 3-D content.

“The new, single lens 3-D technology has proven to be a cost-effective way to screen Large Format 3-D as well as 2-D content. It represents a significant advance over the present film-based systems,” noted Crest National president, Ron Stein. “When you consider that the current system typically requires a full-time projectionist who must handle 14 cans of film each weighing 60 pounds for a single screening, converting to HD digital prints, which can be shown over a server with minimal handling, is the obvious choice.”

The 3-D technology, which uses a cutting-edge active eyeglass system, was unveiled by Texas Instruments (TI) at ShoWest 2005 recently. TI’s landmark presentation also used a Christie CP2000 projector and included the participation of George Lucas and Academy Award®-winning director James Cameron, who screened clips from their upcoming movies.

“The Christie CP2000 DLP Cinema projector continues to dominate the Digital Cinema landscape and is demonstrating its superiority in diverse applications in cinema and post-production facilities around the world,” said Vice President of Christie’s Entertainment Solutions group, Craig Sholder. “We are pleased that Crest National selected Christie projection systems as the best choice for demonstrating its high definition large format 3-D Digital Cinema content.”

View-Master® Releases New Reel Titles

View-Master® has released several new 3-reel sets. There are several new movie and television related sets.

Teen Titans View-Master® packet Robots View-Master® packet Justice League View-Master® packet
Teen Titans
Teen Titans features five teen superheroes, each with special powers, led by Robin The Boy Wonder. This group unites to form a defensive force to protect the Earth from a new generation of villains while coping with the problems of adolescence. It’s an up-close, eye-popping look at the ultra-hip Teen Titans and some of their most notorious baddies! Three 3-D reels feature 21 3-D images of Robin, Raven, Cyborg, Starfire and Beast Boy in action! Reel B features superb 3-D images, especially for a cartoon based set of images.
Robots
In a world inhabited entirely by robots, a young genius inventor dreams of creating robots capable of making the world a better place. But his dream is challenged by a corporate tyrant who has no plans to help. Join in the fun and excitement of this futuristic adventure with Rodney Copperbottom, Ratchet and all your favorite characters from the movie, Robots. Just looking at the images doesn't tell you much of the story. These reels would have benefitted from a story booklet, like the booklets that used to be included in packets prior to blister packaging.
Justice League
Seven of the most formidable heroes form arguably the most powerful team ever. Forces of evil, chaos, and destruction await. Not even protectors like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Hawkgirl or the Martian Manhunter may have a chance alone. But together as the Justice League, they are a metahuman force and a hope to be reckoned with.
Batman Robots Justice League
The Batman Boxset
The Batman Box Set includes three reels and all black viewer. A birthday party for the mayor's son turns to mayhem when Batman discovers that Jekko the clown is The Joker in disguise. Can the Dark Knight save the party guests from his evil foe? Can he save himself?
Robots IMAX
Robots: IMAX Experience Blue viewer with blue eyepeices and red advance lever. Even in a world populated entirely by mechanical beings Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor) is considered a genius inventor. Rodney dreams of two things, making the world a better place and meeting his idol, the master inventor Bigweld (Mel Brooks).

Justice League
Silver viewer with black eyepieces and red advance lever. The viewer is custom designed for the Justice League. The 21 action images feature the popular Justice League heroes and some of their most notorious foes. See Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, The Flash and Hawkgirl in action packed 3-D images.
Batman Mucha Lucha The Wiggles
The Batman
A birthday party for the mayor's son turns to mayhem when Batman discovers that Jekko the clown is The Joker in disguise. Can the Dark Knight save the party guests from his evil foe? Can he save himself?
Mucha Lucha
Rikochet, Buena Girl and The Flea attend the hot spot for masked wrestling, The International School of Lucha. These three mascaritas face challenges like handling family, friends and an angry killer toilet!
The Wiggles
The Wiggles are children's entertainers that have rewritten the book about how children can be entertained with song and dance.
Greg (Yellow), Murray (Red), Jeff (Purple) and Anthony (Blue) and the characters they created are a part of the lives of many children.

Opticality Unveils Gigantic 3-D Display in Japan

Opticality logoOpticality Corp. announced the deployment of what is believed to be the largest autostereoscopic 3-D display ever created: a formidable 180-inch (about 4.5 meters) projection wall.

X3D Technologies GmbH, Opticality’s R&D arm and full-service European affiliate based in Jena, Germany, developed the prototype for Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo. The concept display currently resides in the Japanese Pavilion at the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan, and will move to its permanent home in Tokyo when the World Expo concludes Sept. 25.

“Opticality’s presence at the World Expo is a tremendous opportunity for us to demonstrate that we’ve found a new frontier in a medium that seems to have forgotten the world isn’t flat," said Tony Piazza, Opticality’s president and chief executive officer.

The wall’s software and hardware technologies enable observers to see lifelike images that float deep inside and project several feet in front of the display. Images are visible to the naked eye and require no special viewing aids, such as 3-D glasses. The technology is akin to removing 3-D glasses from the human face and attaching them to the display screen.

The massive display is designed with a wide field of view for multiple spectators, where the 3-D experience is uncompromised across a large area. In fact, Opticality provides a freedom of viewing that other competing 3-D displays simply do not currently afford, a primary reason Japanese authorities selected Opticality to produce the prototype.

The large 3-D projection wall is 173 inches (about 4.4 meters) wide and 122 inches (about 3 meters) high. Given the wall’s immense size, Opticality believes this 3-D display is one for the record books.

Nearly 4 million people are expected to visit the Japanese Pavilion during the World Expo and be seduced to stop and look at the projection wall’s 3-D images. One such visitor was German President Horst Koehler, who made a point to see the 3-D display during his recent tour of Japan. President Koehler briefly met with Paul-Louis Meunier, X3D Technologies GmbH’s managing director and CTO, congratulating X3D for bringing the concept product to life.

Star Wars III-D Items Hit Stores

This month's release of the third chapter in George Lucas' Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith brings with it many 3-D related collectibles.
Editor's Note: All Star Wars images are © Lucasfilm 2005. All rights reserved.

3-D Images of Star Wars Miniatures

Star Wars III: Revenge of the SithThe Star Wars Miniatures line features hundreds of ready-to-play miniatures from the Star Wars universe. You'll find heroes, villains, droids, creatures and aliens of all descriptions.

Now you can play out your favorite movie scenes, add the miniatures to your roleplaying sessions or trade and collect the miniatures set by set.

The Star Wars Minis are released by Wizards of the Coast Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro Inc. To promote the minis, Wizards of the Coast put together a special 3-D flyer complete with 3-D glasses.

The Wizards of the Coast Web site also has a checklist of the complete set along with anaglyphic (red/blue) 3-D images of the minis, such as the image of Grievous's Wheel Bike.

Star Wars minis in 3-D

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Vividvision 3-D Poster Cards

Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Vividvision made by Mello Smello. Star Wars lenticulars, which have been popular with collectors ever since the first one arrived in a 1983 fan club kit, hold a lot of promise in the future of Star Wars collecting, and fans would do well to grab these stunning Episode III editions while they can!

Yoda 3-D postercard
R2D2 3-D postercard
Yoda
Size 8 x 10 inches
Droid R2-D2
Size 8 x 10 inches
Darth Vader 3-D postercard
Darth Vader 3-D poster
Obi-Wan and Anakin locked in their climactic duel.
Size 12 x 18 inches
Darth Vader with Emperor
Size 12 x 18 inches
General Grievous 3-D postercard
Starfighters
General Grievous
Size 8 x 10 inches
Starfighters
Size 8 x 10 inches
Locked in Battle
Size 8 x 10 inches
Limited to 2,500 worldwide and will not be produced again. Only available from StarWars.com

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Trivia Quest Features Four Different Lenticular Covers

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Trivia Quest with 3-D cover art Do you know all the parts of Obi-Wan's lightsaber? Can you name all the droids in a blink of the eye? Do you know who Tion Medon is? Test your Star Wars knowledge with this trivia quiz book to earn points and complete four different levels of questions.

Once you have completed your tasks in the first four levels, you will be taken into the future to face a special secret level! The trivia book, written by Benjamin Harper, not only features both beginner and advanced questions, but also exciting full-color images spanning the entire Star Wars saga.

The book is available in four different cool lenticular covers. The moving images include Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker, Anakin and Obi-Wan Duel, Yoda and General Grievous.

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Trivia Quest is published by Random House.

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Topps Lenticular Trading Cards

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith morph card scene 1
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith morph card scene 2
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith morph card scene 3

In April, Topps debuted a new collectible card set depicting characters, scenes and vehicles from the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The collectible card set contains 90 foil-stamped cards: 15 Character Cards, 6 Alliance Cards (group shots), 51 Story Cards, 4 Planet Cards (Coruscant, Mustafar, Utapau and Kashyyyk), 5 Hardware Cards, 3 Behind the Scenes Cards, 5 Production Art Cards and 1 Checklist Card.

Special insert cards will also be included with the Revenge of the Sith series. For the mass market, the set includes Hologram Cards (featuring Yoda, a clone trooper and Darth Vader), Embossed Foil Cards (different Darth Vader shots), Stickers, Tattoos (first time for the Star Wars cards) and Lenticular Morph Cards (featuring Anakin's transformation) and an Etched-foil Puzzle with art by Dark Horse Star Wars artists Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons. The hobby set also includes Lenticular Morph Cards as well as a new assortment of randomly packed Artist Sketch cards, which are enormously appealing to both Star Wars art collectors and fans.

As a special treat, Topps will be distributing free Revenge of the Sith "promo" cards throughout the new year. Five Episode III promo cards use the catch phrase "The Circle is Complete."

MacGyver 2nd Season DVD to feature 3-D cover art

MacGyver 3-D cover artMacGyver - The Complete 2nd Season is coming out on June 7 and the final cover art is in 3-D. The cover art was revised to a design showing a hang-gliding/Capitol building shot that replaced one of MacGyver repelling down the side of a cliff in front of an explosion.

The six DVD set has a running time of 1,047 minutes. No official suggested retail price will be set for this title, but expect retailers to sell it for around $30. No extras were announced for this season, so it will be episodes only just as with the previous release.

MacGyver, starring Richard Dean Anderson, is a modern-day "knight-errant," a person people turn to in a crisis. He has a penchant for arriving on the scene in the eleventh hour, when the clock is ticking ominously and innocent lives often are at stake.

MacGyver is a packrat, collecting ordinary items of seemingly little value and stashing them in his knapsack "for a rainy day." And it is these same items that he uses to improvise his way out of trouble. MacGyver's ingenius solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems may seem like "gee-whiz" science fiction but they are not, it's all based on scientific fact.

Toshiba Achieves Breakthrough in Flatbed 3-D Display

Toshiba logoOn April 15, Toshiba Corporation announced a new display technology that allows 3-D images to be viewed on a flatbed display without any need for special glasses. Viewing the display from an angle allows the viewer to experience 3-D images that stand out several centimeters from the surface of the display. The new technology opens up new areas of application for 3-D displays, including arcade games, e-learning, simulations of buildings and landscapes, and even 3-D menus in restaurants.

Toshiba will continue to refine the technology, including integration of touch-screen control, and plans to commercialize products based on it within two years.

3-D displays that do not require aids such as glasses work by projecting slightly different images to each eye, a form of visual stereo. The displays consist of micro-lenses that control the direction of light emission, and supporting software that creates images. However, mainstream 3-D technology is limited in terms of the viewing angle at which it can display 3-D images, and the images are also tiring to view.

Toshiba's new displays employ an integral imaging system that reproduces light beams similar of those produced by a real object, not its visual representation. This overcomes the main problem with a flatbed display: distance. The difference in the distance from the eye to the center of a display, and from the eye to the display's edges and corners, is greater for a flatbed display than for a standard upright display. In seeking reproduction of natural 3-D images on the flatbed display, Toshiba developed proprietary software that uses 10 or more views of an object (the current prototype takes 12 or 16), either live-action images or CG images, and which processes and reproduces the images in 3-D, with a wide viewing angle. Toshiba also developed middleware and dedicated circuitry that supports fast playback of the images with only a graphics card.

On commercialization, Toshiba will deliver both the hardware and the software as a total solution.

The combination of advanced technologies achieves a full 3-D effect when viewed at an angle as wide as 30 degrees from the center of the screen, and from distances of over 30 cm. The naturalness of the image signal allows long viewing.

Toshiba has applied the new technology to 24- and 15.4- inch displays with 480 x 300 pixels, a resolution 1.5 times that found in the company's conventional 3-D displays, allowing viewers to see high quality stereoscopic images.

The new display was exhibited at the The First Display 2005 International FPD Expo, which was held from April 20 to April 22, 2005 at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan. Display 2005 is an international trade show for all kinds of flat panel displays, including LCDs, PDPs, OLEDs and FEDs.

3-D TV by 2010

Toshiba logoToshiba plans to bring color 3-D displays to video game arcades late next year and there'll be no need to don special goggles. The company will market the wide-angle 3-D displays for video arcades in the second half of 2006, and extend the technology to applications including family TVs by 2010.

The 3-D displays have small lenses in front of each pixel, allowing different images to be seen depending on the point of view. In this way, software can calculate different images to be sent to the viewer's left and right eye to generate a 3-D effect.

"The viewing angle for such displays has in the past been limited," said Yuzo Hirayama, senior research scientist at Toshiba's Humancentric Laboratory, part of the company's research and development center in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. "However, where other systems calculate and display two to four viewpoints, Toshiba's system can display between 12 and 16. The increased number of viewpoints allows people to see a 3-D image at an angle of up to 30 degrees from the center of the screen," he said.

In demonstrations, objects such as bottles and cans, majong (Chinese solitaire) pieces, and arcade games were displayed, and both the moving and still objects correctly showed shadow, depth and color without distortion.

The company has so far developed two sizes of prototype LCD displays. One is 15.4 inches across the diagonal and has a resolution of 480-x-400 pixels. The other is a 24-inch display with a resolution of 480-x-300 pixels, according to Toshiba. It has also developed middleware that supports fast playback of the images with a graphics card, it said.

The technology can be applied to a range of display types including plasma and OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), said Mutsuhiro Arinobu, director of Toshiba's research and development center.

The company is considering producing the 3-D panels at its Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co. Ltd. joint venture with Matsushita Industrial Electric Co. Ltd., but has no fixed plans to do so yet, Arinobu said.

Toshiba did not disclose expected pricing for the displays. Commercial versions would probably be sold at a small premium to the cost of similar-sized displays not equipped with the special lenses, Hirayama said.

Toshiba wants to promote the technology for arcade games and applications such as design aids next year. Future applications include developing the technology for home gaming in 2008, for mobile phones in 2009 and for TVs in 2010, according to a company presentation.

New Digital 3-D Attraction in Istanbul

Kinoton graphicKinoton has equipped a cinema of the Turkish Mass Entertainment Group with a digital HD StereoVision system. This is the first installation of this kind in Turkey.

The Cinebonus multiplex with its seven auditoriums is situated in the G-Mall shopping center in Istanbul. Auditorium No. 7 has been featuring a new exciting attraction for a short time: Up to 92 viewers can experience exciting three-dimensional adventures provided by a HD StereoVision Player made by Kinoton.

This HD StereoVision Player is a special option of Kinoton’s DIPIT digital projection system with synchronized two-channel output, feeding two video projectors to bring pin-sharp stereoscopic images in real high definition to the almost 10 meter wide 3-D silver screen.

This installation uses the so-called passive 3-D technology. The two absolutely synchronous channels of the HD StereoVision Player transmit separate pictures to the projectors. The light the projector emit is oppositely polarized, as well as the glasses handed out to the audience. The right eyeglass lens lets only pass the image produced by the right projector while the left eye can only see the pictures of the left projector. In human perception, these different views generate a vivid impression of depth, creating images that appear to be downright tangible.

The StereoVision Player is able to process all prevalent HD formats including 1080@24p and is easy to operate by the DIPIT software included in delivery. New content, for example spectacular 3-D clips provided by nWave Pictures, can be loaded, compiled to play lists and played by a few simple mouse-clicks.

In the new 3-D auditorium of the Cinebonus multiplex, stereoscopic clips taking 10 to 30 minutes are played from 10.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. They are the perfect program to bridge times of low attendance while attracting new patrons by providing fascinating cinema adventures. In the evening program, 35mm movies are shown in the 3-D cinema as well.

With the DIPIT installation the Cinebonus has changed from a classical cinema to a diversified entertainment center. Further 3-D installations in Turkey are planned, proofing that 3-D presentations can provide exciting additional business opportunities for cinemas.

Polar Express 3-D Director Robert Zemeckis Recognized with Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award

The Polar Express Director Robert Zemeckis is this year's recipient of the Visual Effects Society's (VES) "Lifetime Achievement Award."

Zemeckis' The Polar Express animated holiday blockbuster also earned Sony Pictures Imageworks' character animation team a VES Award nomination for "Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture."

"We are truly honored by the Visual Effects Society's recognition of our work on these very different films.

These awards are a comprehensive tribute to the quality and diversity of our people and our projects at Imageworks," said Tim Sarnoff, President of Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Bob Mannle 1945 - 2005

Bob Mannie 1945 - 2005Robert "Bob" Mannle, passed away on March 27, 2005, Easter Sunday. Bob's passing is a great loss to the 3-D community.

Bob (The "3DGuy") was the author of the 3d-web.com Web site that started out as the 3-D Yellow Pages. The Web site later became the home of New Vision Technology, which promoted his 3-D image services such as a format for short run View-Master® compatible reels and 3-D software products including 3DMagic.

According to 3d-web.com, Steve Andersen, who worked with Bob to develop 3-D software, said, "It was at the NSA show in San Diego that I originally met Bob. Soon after that convention, Steve Aubrey and I were looking for help in meeting deadlines in our Topp's Star Wars trading cards lenticular project. It was then that I recruited Bob into the lenticular world and taught him the 2-D to 3-D conversion process. We collaboratively developed software that we used to do conversions for many projects. It was a couple years later that we decided to sell our software online under the ProMagic name. We have been successfully working together ever since. Thanks to Bob's collaboration in the development of the software, we have been able to change the world's ability to do lenticular 3-D. I know that Bob was very proud of our ProMagic software business. The ProMagic software business will continue as an important part of Bob's legacy. I will miss him."

Will the next Mario be Stereo...scopic?

Super Mario 3D logoThe Web site brokensaints.com contains a post by Brooke Burgess who speculates that home 3-D projection might be one of the features developed for the yet to be released Nintendo Revolution gaming system. Burgess writes, "The following post is SPECULATION and EXTRAPOLATION based upon available information and industry connections. Please do not take what’s written below as FACT or GOSPEL."

I’ve yapped with journalists and developers who are pretty confident regarding some of the Revolution’s features. I had been hearing about these bits and bobs for months, but as a diehard Nintendo fan there was nothing to really spark my passion, especially considering the Cube’s lackluster software showing several years into its life cycle. But, for the sake of the lazy multitudes, here’s a quick feature recap:

Gyroscopic Control
Several sources have suggested that the new control scheme will support positional shifts a la Kirby’s Tilt ‘n’ Tumble. This means that not every game will require you to pull a Pisa, but that Nintendo is championing the integration of this feature into at least one of their launch games. Talking with several developers, we agreed that this could work well for navigation games and maybe some sports experiences, but it’s nothing they’d be eager to program for.

Touchscreen Integration
I’ve heard from more than one reputable source that either a DS style touchscreen or an actual proprietary PDA device with be part of the new controller. This makes sense with Nintendo’s technology partners, the creation of the DS, and Nintendo’s push towards ‘tactile’ experiences. Not a hard thing to program for and most likely a smart move, as Microsoft and PS3 will almost assuredly support some sort of integrated screen/handheld configuration.

Wireless
I popped up some clues regarding what I’ve heard about their wireless plans, and can most assuredly state that the unit will ship with wireless controllers like X-Box 2. But as IGN and others have pointed out, Nintendo’s pushing hard with their wireless technology and partnerships, and my sources support that it will go well beyond mere controller connection and into the realm of some serious data transfer: touchscreen/pda and machine, player-to-player, Rev to DS, Rev to PC, and Rev to Rev (both in-home and with locally based wireless ‘tribes’).

Okay. No major revelations there, but I bet its got you thinking about future game design and interactive potential, yes? Yes, but for me, the first twinge of excitement regarding this machine didn’t come until the final pieces of the long-rumored display puzzle fell into place:

  • The IGN boys posted this regarding a patent for Nintendo’s upcoming display technology. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to glean that this conceptually portrays a form of 3-D image projection.
  • At a major film conference called ShoWest held in March 2005, a panel featuring George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez and a satellite feed from Peter Jackson has studio reps, journalists and theatre owners seriously jazzed about their plans to integrate cheap digital stereoscopic 3-D (like the Captain EO experience at Epcot) into all major chains by 2007. Lucas even showed several minutes of the original Star Wars with remapped visuals that popped off the screen and hovered in front of audience members. When an agent friend of mine was chatting with Rodriguez (there to pump Sin City and discuss his experiences with Spy Kids 3-D), he mentioned how they were aware of a game machine beating them to the mainstream 3-D market.
  • The next day, I contacted another strangely influential industry pal/pundit and shared my thesis purely for fun’s sake (and perhaps some extremely lame bragging rights). The final shiny block of tetrisy knowledge slid into place when he excitedly shared the following - that the Big N had shown a real-time 3-D add-on for Gamecube behind closed doors…at last year's E3. It has since gone MIA. This is the sound of four rows dropping.

More details and potential software discussion to follow. How will stereoscopic 3-D gaming usher in the ‘Revolution’ that Nintendo has been trumpeting? Will it end up nothing more than a Virtual Boy style gimmick, or will custom 3-D glasses become the big fashion accessory of 2007 and beyond? With graphics chip codenames like Hollywoood and Broadway, does this signal Nintendo’s plans to make more cinematic games that mimic the upcoming 3-D theatrical experience? If (and, from what I’m hearing, this will be a VERY big IF) Nintendo shows their hand at this year’s E3 by giving everyone at their annual press conference a pair of 3-D glasses to wear, will players care? Source: www.brokensaints.com

Jefferson Stereoptics View-Master® Auctions May 31 and June 2, 2005

View-Master 3M reel and viewer.One of the best places to find View-Master® and other 3-D items for sale is Jefferson Stereoptics regularly held View-Master® and stereoview auctions conducted by John Saddy. The latest collection of View-Master® goodies goes on the auction block on Tuesday, May 31, 2005, featuring lots 1 through 296. The second part of the auction concludes on Thursday, June 2, 2005, with lots 297 through 561.

Subscribers receive John's catalog several times a year. Cost of the subscription pays for printing the catalog and postage to mail it. Each issue of the printed catalog includes photos of some of the most sought after 3-D items featured in each sale.

Some of the interesting and rarity items in the May and June auctions:

  • Close up of 3-D image of President Kennedy from View-Master reel 1305.One of the "Holy Grails" for View-Master® collectors is reel 1305 President Kennedy's Visit to Ireland, June 1963. The first Kennedy reel Saddy sold was in noticeably lesser condition and it sold for almost double the minimum bid of $275 set for the reel in Lot #410 of this auction.
  • Let's Take a Trip to Washington, D.C. Record-a-View circa 1955 including a 45 rpm record with two reels printed in blue ink instead of black. The consignor describes this as unused store-stock and it appears that way. There is some mild wear to the surface paper of the "album" but otherwise is fresh and excellent.
  • Movie Preview Reels for The Maze, Flight to Tangier, and Wings of the Hawk.
  • Test and proof reels including some ultra-rarities and some never produced reels including Lot #143 La Finistere, Bretagne, which includes an image of a man dressed in what looks like a prisoner's uniform with stripes and a number on the back and he appears to be a roadside seller. Other topics that might not have been issued Lot #139 Alsace, Lot #140 Alsace and Lot #145 Isle of Man.
  • Hardcover book with four reels titled The Clitoris by Dr. Thomas P. Lowry, MD and Thea Snyder Lowry. Published in 1976 by Warner H. Green, St. Louis, MO. The book measures 6" x 9" with over 250 pages. The four reels contain very graphic images.
  • and much more

The auction items are also listed on John's Web site at www3.sympatico.ca/john.saddy.3-D/. The Web site is easily navigated by topic. Each item is grouped in areas of interest such as View-Master® packets USA and Canada or View-Master® packets Television and Movies and so on. You will need to register on the site in order to place a bid online.

John grades each item and includes elaborate descriptions, too. Unlike eBay, sniping is not part of the equation in John's auctions. Lots are closed with a very liberal waiting period. Beginning at the closing time, after 10 minutes with no bids or inquiries, all lots are closed together.

You can contact John via an e-mail link on his Web site to find out about subscribing to the catalog. Jefferson Stereoptics is located in London Ontario, Canada.

   

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