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Jefferson Stereoptics Final View-Master® Auction to be held June 11, 2014

Jefferson Stereoptics will hold their final View-Master® auction on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 closing at 9 p.m. eastern time. The final sale will feature 656 items. John Saddy and his wife have been coordinating View-Master® auctions for many years now, but due to family health circumstances, John will be focusing 100 percent on the stereoview auctions, and will put any future View-Master® items he runs into in those auctions.

"I want to thank John Saddy for offering the best View-Master® auction site in the world these many years," said 3-D Review Online Magazine editor Van Beydler. "I have purchased several items myself over the years through John's auction site. I personally will miss John's View-Master® auctions. There have been many rarities sold in John's auctions that 3-D collector's the world over have been able to add to their collection. Luckily he will still offer a few View-Master® items in his stereoview auctions, which will continue on a regular basis."

Over the years, the catalog featured images of hundreds of hard to find View-Master® packets, test reels, factory insider items and more. John even designed a packet style-guide for easy identification of both Sawyer's and later packets. John's honest descriptions of the items in each sale also brought integrity to the sales he conducted with fair and often bargain starting bid prices.

For example, item #1 in the auction is a set John had never seen or handled before. The risque set comprises six non-Kodachrome reels which were produced and sold by Reel-O-Rama (Rockaway, NY address). #P1 “Kitty.”, #P2 “Carol.”, #P3 “Mary.”, #P-4 “Su-Ann.”, #P-5 “Renee.” and #P-6 “Juanita.” #P-3 & P-6 have some scratches on some images. All have light soil on some cells, tones VG+ to Exc., the reel bodies have moderate wear and soil rings, and several with very minor rim-edge niggles. Each sleeve has a label adhered, this may be able to come off. The lot also includes a copy of the August 1953 issue of Photography magazine. The ad is seen on page 98. There are also a few other stereo related ads in the magazine, which is overall G condition. The minimum bid for this item si $225.

Those who wish to bid in the final auction can use the following links to sign up or sign in and see the online catalog with full color images of each item up for bid.

All 656 auction items are listed and scanned on John's website at www.saddyauctions.com. The website 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.

Following the final auction, John recommends the following people whom he considers to be reputable, fine and trustworthy if you are interested in consigning View-Master® to sell. We have included email links with each of their names.

John Achziger - Washington State
Walter Sigg - New Jersey
George Themelis - Ohio

Jefferson Stereoptics is located in London Ontario, Canada.

Jefferson Stereoptics recieves a 3-D Review Online Magazine's Editor's Choice "Must See 3-D™" award for their many years of service to the 3-D community.

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Godzilla: The Art of Destruction Hardback Book

Book review by Van Beydler - Editor - 3-D Review Onlne Magazine

Godzilla: The Art of Destruction cover art.

In conjunction with the release of the 3-D reboot of the Godzilla franchise, Insight Editions has released a deluxe behind the scenes book titled Godzilla: The Art of Destruction. Author Mark Cotta Vaz chronicles nearly every aspect of the movie's creation from costume design to visual effects. The only thing missing is what it took to make the film into 3-D.

I have to admit, Godzilla is my favorite film monster. I saw the original Godzilla on black-and-white TV during a Saturday afternoon broadcast when I was five years old. The film scared the hell out of me and to this day I have nightmares about Godzilla. Some people might think that is silly based on the cartoonish Godzilla films made in the 1970s, but when I was little Godzilla was a scary monster. From the look of the images in this book, a darker, monsterous Godzilla is back.

The book is loaded with unseen art that shows the design process used to create the new film. There is a 12-page "Monster Gatefold" that show several concepts of what the filmmakers considered to create the new Godzilla. There is even a small folded version of one of the theatrical movie posters tucked in a pouch inside the back cover.

We love movie tie-in books based on 3-D films. The only thing we would ask from publishers is to include a few pages of side-by-side 3-D (stereo pairs) or even anaglyphic 3-D images from the films. It would be easy to produce these images and it would make the books even more desirable to 3-D collectors and 3-D film fans.

Even without 3-D photos included the book Godzilla: The Art of Destruction is a desirable addition to your motion picture film book collection. The book is lavishly produced and visually stimulating, which is a hallmark of books published by Insight Editions. The books combine the highest quality print production values and rich subject matter.

About the author
Mark Cotta Vaz is a New York Times best-selling author of more than 30 books including the critically acclaimed Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong.

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Civil War Enthusiasts treated to 3-D show at 2014 Civil War Trust Annual Conference in Nashville

Brady Civil War view.

Nashville historians, preservationists and Civil War enthusiasts gathered in Nashville for the Civil War Trust 2014 Annual Conference during the last week of May.

The conference opened with Garry Adelman, vice-president of the Center for Civil War Photography and a licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg presenting a photography show using anaglyphic 3-D images created from original Civil War era stereoviews.

The audience put on red/blue anaglyphic 3-D glasses to "visit" the battlefield as Adelman told about the fact that many Civil War photos were shot in 3-D.

Confederate grave stereoview.

Civil War glass stereoview of The Potomac.

Civil War stereoview of navy soldiers.

Civil War dead stereoview.

Another version of the Brady Civil War dead stereoview.

Gettysberg Civil War stereoview.

Sherman Civil War stereoview.

Sherman Civil War stereoview.

Sherman Civil War stereoview.

Ulysses Grant Civil War stereoview.

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St. Louis Fair stereoview boxset.

A boxset of 1904 World's Fair St. Louis stereocards sold for $150 with 1 bid. The 101 green border card set included the elusive title stereocard.

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