Harrison, Dimension Designer
View-Master®. The portable hair dryer. The riding lawn
mower. The see-through measuring cup. The first garbage can
that didn't dent, break or go clang in the night.
These and countless other icons of Americana unobtrusively
yet radically reshaped the contours of 20th Century life,
millions can say they have one of these or fondly remember
one of those. Yet few if any can say that they knew that the
genius behind these and those originated from one prolific
source: a dyslexic kid from rural Louisiana.
Industrial designer Charles "Chuck" Harrison is
most famous for his work on the team that updated the View-Master®,
but examples of his innovations can be seen virtually everywhere.
Harrison rarely visits a home that does not contain something
he designed. Harrison was born on Sept. 23, 1931, in Shreveport,
Louisiana. His mother, Cora Lee Smith Hamilton, was a housewife
and his father, Charles, an industrial arts professor. Harrison
grew up on the campuses of Southern University and Texas A&M.
He spent his summers wandering through the campuses' experimental
farms, chemistry laboratories and woodshops.
In 1954, Harrison graduated with a B.F.A. from the School
of the Art Institute of Chicago. One of his early design jobs
was with the small firm of Robert Podall Associates. It was
here that, in 1958, Harrison joined the team that streamlined
the legendary View-Master® toy. In 1961, he was hired
by Sears Roebuck & Company, where Harrison designed trash
cans made out of heavy plastic with snap-lock lids and hundreds
of other consumer products, including hair dryers, toasters,
stereos, lawn mowers and sewing machines. Harrison worked
at Sears for 32 years, rising to the position of design department
manager. He received his M.F.A. from the Illinois Institute
of Technology Graduate School in 1963.
Harrison has served as an adjunct professor of design at
the University of Illinois at Chicago since 1993. In 2000,
his design work was featured in an exhibit: The World
of a Product Designer: Charles Harrison at his former
high school, Phoenix Union Colored High School, now the Carver
Museum and Cultural Center.
retired from both professional design and teaching, Chuck
Harrison has been making public appearances to speak about
his life’s work and passion, as captured in his insightful
memoir, A Life’s Design (Ibis 2006, 125 pp).
Designs by Chuck Harrison not only reflected our changing
lives, they often drove the transformation itself that took
place in the American home and workplace during the era following
World War II through the mid-1980s.
A Life's Design chronicles the life, career and
the emergent philosophy of Charles "Chuck" Harrison,
one the most prolific and respected industrial designers of
his time, an influencer on style and design today, and a pioneer
as the first African American executive ever hired by Sears
Roebuck & Company.
"The range of design projects that Harrison completed
in his career was quite remarkable," writes Professor
Noel Mayo, Department of Design at Ohio State University.
"This book will be very helpful to designers, historians,
design educators and students around the world."
Harrison's inspirational life, his timeless approach to design
and his passion for inspiring others with humor, insight and
humility provide a story worth hearing.
"In this inspiring story of adversity and achievement,
Harrison blends heart-warming personal detail with a straightforward
description of his work as an industrial designer," comments
Victoria Matranga, Design Programs coordinator for the International
On Oct. 10, 2006, FocusOnDESIGN™ celebrated the accomplishments
of industrial designer Charles “Chuck” Harrison,
one of the most prolific and respected industrial designers
of his time and a pioneer and influencer on style and design
today, with its Fourth Annual Lifetime Achievement Design
Award. This prestigious award recognizes his commitment to
design excellence and to advancing the careers of young designers.
A celebratory retrospective of Chuck Harrison’s work,
followed by a conversation with him and his fellow honorees,
were among the event highlight along with the FocusOnDESIGN™
2006 Scholarship presentation to a design student selected
from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
FocusOnDESIGN™ is a non-profit, charitable organization
that provides designers of diverse backgrounds a forum for
professional development, economic empowerment and social
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Monroe 3-D Filmstrip sells for $5,500
3-D FILMSTRIP DEPICTING NUDE NORMA JEAN BAKER DOUGHERTY (LATER
KNOWN AS MARILYN MONROE) WAS AUCTIONED ON NOVEMBER 11
|Could this 3-D slide be the
first nude photo of Marilyn Monroe as well as one of
her first photographs as a professional model?
Photo courtesy of Sloans and Kenyon.
A 3-D filmstrip featuring a model believed to be Norma
Jean Baker, aka Marilyn Monroe, sold for $5,500 ($6,490
after the auction house buyers premium) during an online
and live floor bidding combination style auction held on
November 11. The pre-auction estimate for the value of the
stereo slide was between $3,000 and $5,000. The winning
bid went to pantheon1957, an online bidder, with a total
of 20 bids placed for the item in the auction.
Norma Jean Baker appeared nude on a very famous 1950s calendar
as well as being the first Playboy Playmate. She
is, of course, better known as the iconic movie star Marilyn
Monroe. However, that calendar image photographed by Tom
Kelley in 1949 might not be the first time Norma Jean appeared
in a mass produced nude image.
A Virginia roofer, who wishes to remain anonymous, discovered
a naked picture of Marilyn Monroe, or someone who looks
just like her, in a hidden stash of photos, and now the
rare image will be auctioned on November 11, along with
In 1997, the roofer was working on a Falls Church home when
construction workers rehabbing an old house next door discovered
a secret cache of photos in the rec room ceiling. Everything
was dumped on the curb as trash, but the roofer took home
the interesting bits. One of them was a set of 3-D slides
mounted in a plastic holder.
The slides, on Anscocolor film, had turned magenta from age,
but upon closer inspection, he decided that one of the six
nude models on the 35mm filmstrips looked just like Norma
Jean Baker, Monroe's early professional name.
After years of exhaustive research, the roofer is convinced
that the historic image is not only the very first nude photo
published of Monroe, but the image is amazingly taken in the
3-D format. He took the picture to Sloans & Kenyon auction
house in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where it ended up on the auction
block on November 11.
"We believe it might be her first nude," says Sloans
and Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers President Stephanie
Kenyon. "A leg scar matches one from other authenticated
pictures of Monroe at the time."
photo may have been made by W.O. Schwartz in May 1945, when
the 19-year-old model was just beginning her career. The image
is totally nude but not full-frontal. Photographer Douglas
Kirkland, who photographed the actress in 1961 for Look
magazine said, "Entirely possible." Kirkland
said Monroe survived by modeling at that time, although he
had never seen anything like the filmstrip.
The filmstrip, mounted in a plastic filmstrip holder, contains
images of six models. A Hollywood company distributed 3-D
slides in a similar plastic holder under the names Modelscope
or Treasurescope. This might be one of the Modelscope
3-D slides. The filmstrip, made to insert in a hand-held viewfinder,
also includes other models from L.A.'s Blue Book agency, all
posing for cheerful girlie shots in a style typical of the
period and popular with World War II GIs. The plastic filmstrip
holder is a reddish color and has tiny molded pins that allow
the viewer to "lock" the slides into position when
inserted into the viewer. To view the 3-D slides the user
moved the plastic filmstrip holder either left or right until
it locked into position. It is not known if the Modelscope
plastic filmstrip holder came in color variations.
The Modelscope brand is a likely candidate as to the original
format. Several photographs provided by the owner of the slide
holder and the images on the slides show the slides in the
same type plastic slide holder as the Modelscope and the images
contain a similar numbering system as Modelscope slides. Research
by the owner also confirmed that other models from the agency
are the same as those appearing on the other images of the
The item description for the auction reads as follows:
Sale 25 Lot 1488 RARE 3-D FILMSTRIP DEPICTING NUDE
NORMA JEANE BAKER DOUGHERTY (LATER KNOWN AS MARILYN MONROE),
Circa May 1945. One of six images on two strips depicting
six individual nude models photographed in Hollywood area
outdoor landscape settings; on 35mm Anscocolor film, in 3-D
format with plastic casing devised for use in Modelscope
Viewer produced in Hollywood, CA. Photo attributed to
W. O. Schwartz, located in 1945, at 426 S. Spring Street,
Los Angeles, six blocks from the Ambassador Hotel which housed
the Blue Book Modeling agency, employer of Norma Jeane. This
image is thought to be Norma Jeane's first nude (significantly
pre-dating Tom Kelley's famous image of 1949), and one of
her first photographs as a professional model.
PROVENANCE: Full details of discovery of filmstrip in Falls
Church, VA, and subsequent authentication research available.
PLEASE NOTE: To preserve the value of this never-before-published
image for the successful bidder, only a portion of the entire
photograph is illustrated here. However, the full nude image
can be viewed at the Sloans & Kenyon gallery prior to
Statements of condition are provided as a service to potential
bidders; such statements are educated opinions and should
not be regarded as facts. Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers
and Appraisers has no responsibility for any errors or omissions.
Absence of statements of condition are not indications that
lots are flawless or without normal signs of wear consistent
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of the Monster House 3-D Book
order to destroy the Monster House, DJ and his friends need
some questions answered. So, they set off to talk to an expert
on ghosts, demons, and the paranormal, the wisest pizza-delivery
guy on earth, known to all as Skull. The wise Skull tells
them that the only way to kill the Monster House is to strike
it at the source of life: its heart. But can the kids strike
the beast's heart and still manage to get out of the house
alive? Find out in this spooky 3-D story with 3-D poster and
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Simon Spotlight; Bk&Acces edition (June 23,
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 8.3 x 0.1 inches
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Art and Making of Monster House
much a testament to the art of the book as the art of animation,
The Art and Making of Monster House is presented
in lavish four-color throughout, with highlights of some of
the film’s most astonishing features including 3-D art,
gatefolds and die-cut overlays of the five stages of computer
generated “motion capture” technology. It also
includes envelopes, cards and a movie poster.
Monster House is the first film from
director Gil Kenan, who is living every young director’s
dream, hand-picked by the film’s executive producer,
Steven Spielberg, to create this groundbreaking film. This
latest release from Sony Pictures Imageworks and ImageMovers,
features the innovative, cutting-edge technology of "
performance capture” animation, first introduced in
The Polar Express.
Monster House tells the story of a
trio of friends who discover the secret that a scary, creepy
house in their neighborhood is actually a living, breathing
monster and it’s up to the kids to stop the evil house
before it’s too late. Standouts in the cast include
animation veterans Steve Buscemi, Kathleen Turner, Catherine
O’Hara and Jason Lee, as well as Fred Willard, Kevin
James, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jon Heder.
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Insight Editions; Slipcase edition (August 1, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 10.4 x 1.1 inches
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Returns in Empire Magazine 3-D Issue
In July 2006, Empire Magazine, printed in the
United Kingdom, released a special collector's 3-D issue of
the magazine. The cover art featured Brandon Routh as Superman
from the film Superman Returns.
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Inc. Granted Three Additional Patents
Inc. announced that it has been granted three additional patents
covering its proprietary 2-D to 3-D conversion technology.
In-Three's unique 2-D to 3-D conversion process, called Dimensionalization®,
can convert any full-length motion picture into high-quality
3-D regardless of the age or origination of the image source.
Using its Dimensionalization® process, In-Three
can convert any 2-D image content into fully authentic and
believable 3-D, whether it was derived from live photographic
action, cell animation, CGI animation, computer effects, in
color or black & white, and is fully resolution independent.
Dimensionalization® is the world's first process for
the creation of compelling 3-D motion pictures from original
2-D entirely in post-production. 3-D content producers now
have full control over every aspect of their 3-D project regardless
of how their images were initially captured.
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in Fine Art Display
Pixel, Scissors, an exhibition of sculptures, digital
images and collages by Galesburg artists Rob and Lori Reed,
were on display Feb. 20 through March 24, 2006, in Monmouth
College’s Len G. Everett Gallery in the Hewes Library.
One of the displays features a View-Master® stereoscope
and related images.
A reception for the artists will be held on Feb. 26 at 2
p.m. in the gallery. Both the exhibit and the reception are
free and open to the public.
The diverse exhibit included nine sculpture pieces by Rob,
crafted from stone and all done by hand using no power tools.
Lori displayed a number of collage pieces in fabric and ceramic.
Two large digital pieces, six feet wide by two feet high,
as well as five smaller pieces were displayed, accompanied
by a computer running a slide show of their digital imagery.
Reed Studios, a full-service graphic design and marketing
agency, was founded by Lori in 1985.
Lori received a B.F.A. degree from the University of Illinois
in 1981 and has served as an adjunct faculty member in the
art and journalism departments at Knox College. She is the
author of “Technical editing of QuarkXPress 6: Creating
Digital Documents,” the official book for Quark-endorsed
training programs. It was published in 2003 by Against the
Rob joined the business in 1996, and Reed Studios was incorporated
that year. He received a B.F.A. degree in studio art from
Bradley University in 1966, and an M.F.A. degree in sculpture
from Oklahoma University in 1968.
For more than two decades, Rob served as a vice president
for advertising for the Dick Blick Co. in Galesburg. He has
also served as an adjunct faculty member in graphic design
and ceramics in the art and journalism departments at Knox.
Since receiving her degree in graphic design, Lori says she
has been working with the design and communication of ideas.
“As I’ve moved into creating art for self, rather
than for clients, I’m still using those ideas of design
and communication, but in ways that are more veiled, loose
She recounts that her paternal grandmother was a quilter,
so fabric and quilts have been a part of her life and her
art. As the daughter of a stamp collector, she became attuned
to stamp design at an early age and thus has used stamps of
her mother’s in her collages.
Says Rob of his stone carvings, “I like to think of
my method of stone carving as a sort of slow-motion version
of the Surrealists’ Automatic Writing. In pursuit of
a kind of conduit to the subconscious, the surrealist writer
would attempt to write down (quickly) whatever presented itself.
In trying to analyze what was actually taking place during
my stone carving, it seemed that the process was similar to
that described above – not in the sense of doing it
quickly, but in the sense of trying to tap into a source below
(or perhaps outside of) the conscious waking state.”
He added, “The goal is to ‘not over-think’
the process, perhaps even to not ‘think’ at all.
It involves releasing control and focusing on process instead
of outcome which, it seems, is a good way to conduct one’s
life as well.”
The Everett Gallery is open during regular library hours:
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to
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International 3-D Movie-Video Competition Entries Sought by
Stereo Club of Southern California
3-D Movie/Video Division of the Stereo Club of Southern California
is hosting its 5th International 3-D Movie/Video Competition.
The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2007. Judging will
take place on May 19, 2007. Exhibition Dates will be announced
but should be sometime in June or July 2007. Winners will
be notified by June 1, 2007. Awards and Catalog will be sent
out by Aug. 1, 2007
The judges for the competition include Phil McNally, Stereographer
for Chicken Little 3-D and Lenny Lipton, author of
numerous books about 3-D, inventor of field sequential 3-D,
CTO of RealD as well as a 3-D filmmaker. Another judge is
to be announced.
Fees and Mailing USA:
$10 US (no return entry)
$15 US for surface mail return.
ALL OTHER COUNTRIES:
$15 US (no return entry)
$25 US (with return)
Send films/videos with entry fee and application to
3-D Video/Movie Competition,
8730 ½ Wyngate Street,
Sunland, California 91040
Conditions of Entry Eligibility: Films/videos must be produced
by the entrant. Previous entries are not eligible.
For complete information, please visit the club's Web site
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Photos with Santa Claus
Claus has scheduled a very special holiday stop at the 3-D
Center of Art and Photography.
He will be at the Center from 1 to 5 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 23. During this time, visitors will be able
to take a 3-D photo with Santa.
Souvenir photos will be available for immediate
purchase for $6 and the photo comes with a 3-D viewer, too.
Note: Regular admission fees apply. Admission
for adults is $4 (over 12) or get the entire family in for
The 3-D Center of Art and Photography is located
at 1928 NW Lovejoy in Portland, Oregon. For more information,
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Stereoptics View-Master® Auctions Dec. 5 and 7, 2006
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, Dec. 5, 2006, featuring lots 1 through 348.
The second part of the auction concludes on Thursday, Dec.
7, 2006, with lots 349 through 671.
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 items in the December auctions:
- Many hard to find theme park packets including Silver
Dollar City, Missouri (A457), Frontier City, Oklahoma City
(A434), Coney Island, NY S3 version and more.
- A special Budweiser Gift Set in Red Box. The set includes
a Model F lighted viewer and 14 reels. The outer box has
a flowing gift manuscript title that reads, "Making
Friends is our Business."
- Model K Space Viewer, Silver with Black Advance. This
was sold only on-site at Epcot Center for a very short time.
- Model C Two-Tone Brown Viewer. Face is medium to dark
brown and the other side is very dark brown.
- and much more
The auction items are also listed and all lots are scanned
on John's Web site at www.saddyauctions.com.
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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Here are a few 3-D auction results from the past month.
A copy of the comic book 3-D Funny Movies #1
sold for $3.25 with two bids. 3-D Funny Movies #1
is a 25 cent comic publiblished by Pines in 1953.
A copy of the Dangergirl 3-D Special sold for $6.53
with three bids.
The comic by Alex Campbell was presented in DangerVision.
A Penn-Plax Creature from
the Black Lagoon Aquarium ornament sold for $510.07
with two bids. The 1971 figure had never been out of