February 2017

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StereoPhoto Maker 5.20 Now Available

StereoPhoto Maker (SPM) functions as a versatile stereo image editor/viewer and can automatically batch-align hundreds of stereo images in multiple 3-D output formats. StereoPhoto Maker 5.20 is now available free on the Web.

The new and improved version adds the following functions:

  • 3-D 360 degree feature
  • Supports Adobe® PowerPoint® remote controls for paging

Read more about how to make 3-D 360 degree videos at http://stereo.jpn.org/3d360/indexe.html.

Must See 3-D™ AwardCreator Masuji Suto's powerful StereoPhoto Maker program is freeware. Anyone using digital 3-D cameras such as the Fuji W3 will find this an invaluable tool for getting those 3-D images into stereo pairs, anaglyphs, separate 2-D images and more.

Download the new version and find other helpful links about how to use the program at http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/stphmkr/index.html.

StereoPhoto Maker 5.20 receives an Editor's Choice "Must See 3-D™" Award from 3-D Review Online Magazine.

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Dexterama 3-D Postcards and The Dexterama 3-D Viewer (1953)

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National Stereoscopic Association member Wolfgang Sell recently came across an unusual 3-D item that he had not seen in more than 30 years of collecting. It is a Dexterama 3-D postcard showing a scene titled Autumn in New York State.

The cards measure 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". A large 2-D photo is shown at the top of the card with a stereo pair printed on the lower portion. Text on the card reads, "Dexterama 3-D - Autumn in New York State - May be seen in 3-D by inserting in a Dexterama viewer on sale at all leading stores. Series No. 10 - Patent Pending."

At least 11 sets were issued according to the numbering system. One of the sets features Iris Maxwell, Miss Miami Beach 1953 so it is likely the card were sold in 1953 or 1954. Ron Labbe provided photos showing a set of the postcards with the original box and an example of a Dexterama Viewer.

The Dexterama Viewer has the following wording molded in the plastic, "Made in U.S.A. by Craftsman's Guild, Hollywood, Calif. Patent Pending." The Dexterama Viewer is identical to the Craftsman's Guild Tri-Scope Viewer that was marketed with several children's and fairy tale story cards in 1958. The images on the Dexterama post cards can also be seen in 3-D using the drift free-view method.

The postcards apparently came in a set of 10 postcards per box with 10 different images..

So far we have identified three sets in the Dexterama 3-D Post Cards series:

No. 9 - Silver Springs, Florida
No. 10 - Autumn in New York State
No. 11 - Miss Miami Beach 1953 - Iris Maxwell

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Set No. 9 Silver Springs, Florida
The set features a photo of the "Lucky Wishing Tree" also known as "The Horse Shoe" or "Lucky Palm."

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Set No. 11 - Miss Miami Beach '53 Iris Maxwell.
Iris Maxwell was a beautiful bikini-clad beach babe that became Miss Miami Beach in 1953, but in her more demure role, she was the original hostess of the children's TV show Romper Room, which was broadcast out of Miami, Florida. At the time it was a syndicated and franchised show where certain local TV stations produced their own versions of the show instead of airing the national telecast. Iris Maxwell was also the author of the children's book Terri and Mike in Lollipop Land, named after her first two children, Michael and Theresa Martin, who had appeared on the show several times.

There are two advertisements on the back of the known Maxwell card for La Salle Furniture Frame and Upholstering Co. of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Snap-On Tools of Canada LTD., also of Winnipeg, which indicates the postcards could be promotional items given away by sponsors.

We welcome anyone to send information that could add to the list of titles for the Dexterama 3-D Post Cards.

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Stereo World Magazine January/February 2017 Vol. 42, No. 4

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The January/February 2017 issue of Stereo World magazine is now available.

Inside this issue:

Dwight Cummings 1932-2016
R. B. Lewis' Morning Glories
A Peterfied Stereoview
New 3-D Poster and Comic Books Available Online
Shackelton's 1907-19009 British Antactic Expedition
Personalities in Perspective: Red Cloud - War Chief of the Oglala Sioux
The Unknowns
Editor’s View
NewViews
The Society
50's Flavored Finds
Classifieds

Join the National Stereoscopic Association and get six issues of Stereo World with your annual membership.

To order individual printed back issues of Stereo World from the past three years only, write to:

Back Issues
P.O. Box 86708
Portland OR 97286

Or, email strwld@teleport.com.

Back issues are $8 each postpaid in the U.S. and $10 each for international shipment.

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RealD Working on InteliLight Technology Aimed at Glasses Free 3-D

Though still in concept and the early stages of development, RealD used CES to introduce a range of new technologies designed to improve the way we view screens and use them, including glasses free 3-D.

InteliLight, which focuses on how the backlight in LCD screens works, is a technology created by RealD that the company says enables the user to take control of this light field that comes from a device and control where it is directed. The result is the ability to create 3-D effects on a screen without the need for 3-D glasses.

RealD also says the technology can be used across a range of devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops. Which means you could watch a 3-D movie on your smartphone without 3-D glasses.

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New Denis Kitchen 3-D Posters and Comic Books Available Online

by Lawrence Kaufman

I was thrilled to discover that Comic Book legend Denis Kitchen has recently released some new 3-D posters. Back in the summer of 1970, Kitchen released Deep 3-D Comix No. 1, with a 75 cent cover price and cool 3-D glasses attached. The book was so popular that the first printing sold out and it had at least two more printings, with a $1 cover price. The $1 books have been the ones that are usually found for sale on eBay and other auction sites. But, Kitchen is selling the very rare first printing on his website deniskitchen.com, for only $25. Kitchen had planned a second Deep 3-D Comix, but unfortunately it never materialized. With the exception of the 1966 re-printing of the DC Batman 3-D comic, which was taking advantage of the television shows popularity, this was the first new 3-D comic book since the fifty 1953/54 3-D comics. You would have thought Deep 3-D Comix's record sales would have prompted someone else to publish more 3-D comic books, but it would be another 12 years before 3-D Video Corporation published Battle for a Three Dimensional World.

Kitchen did eventually publish a few other 3-D comic books and posters, mostly with 3-D conversions by Roger May, who had learned 3-D conversion from Ray Zone. One of those titles is the second printing of Cadillacs and Dinosaurs in 3-D, which was released in fall 1993, coinciding with the CBS Saturday Morning television show. This title is also available new on his website. When you go to the site, click on the Steve Krupp's Curio Shoppe link where you will find links for comic books and posters, searching for 3-D should bring up all the 3-D items. Unfortunately that search also may bring up items that are out of stock, such as the Xenozoic 1992 3-D Poster by Mark Schultz.

The other items available have a little history. Major Arcana was originally a psychedelic album cover drawn by Kitchen in 1975 for the late Jim Spencer's band. Kitchen recycled it as a splash panel in the surreal underground comic Mondo Snarfo. The late Roger May converted it to a 3-D print, which became a convention favorite. That version went out of print a couple years ago; May had been selling it before his untimely illness and passing. Kitchen had Jason Little re-master the 3-D print to a somewhat larger size and in three colors, the print has more than 50 levels of depth. Major Arcana is available in an unsigned $10 print and an autographed $40 version, both come with custom 3-D glasses with art by Jason Little. The original version appears to be the one currently pictured on the website.

Jason Little also did the conversion on Kitchen's Little Nemo in Slumberland, Winsor McCay homage, which had originally been created for Locust Moon Books' oversize anthology. This is a large 18 x 24 inch print and comes on heavier card stock for the autographed version. Nemo's strange dream of his toys coming to life floats off the page in incredible depth. $15 unsigned and $25 signed by Denis Kitchen. Coming soon to the website is a smaller 12 x 17 inch, 2016 3-D version of Harrison Cady's 1910 The Road to Wealth. Kitchen has long been a fan of Cady and had thought some of his crowd scenes were prime candidates for 3-D, Little has added many levels to this art.

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Smitten 3-D Video Being Produced about The Simple Carnival Smitten CD

by Lawrence Kaufman

The new Simple Carnival album Smitten was anything but simple. The critically acclaimed power pop project The Simple Carnival releases its third and unfortunately final album Smitten on Feb. 14, 2017 through Sundrift Productions. Seven years in the making, Smitten is eleven tracks of meticulously-crafted power pop bliss. It's as if Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Todd Rundgren, Burt Bacharach and The Beach Boys locked themselves in a recording studio for the better part of a decade to see what would happen.

Jeff Boller is the songwriter and the primary musician behind The Simple Carnival. He has become an award winning filmmaker, familiar to those attending the annual Los Angeles 3-D Movie Festivals and the annual 3D-Con 3-D Theatre presentations. He is currently creating an animated music video movie based on the Smitten album titled Smitten 3-D. The Smitten album CD release includes a special pair of 3-D glasses and a 12 page lyric book with 3-D stills from the movie.

Smitten is a follow-up to The Simple Carnival's 2008 full-length album Girls Aliens Food. The Simple Carnival has released two albums and two EPs since 2004, with Boller performing all vocals and playing over 30 instruments in his basement studio. Because of the studio-bound nature of its recordings, The Simple Carnival has never performed live. Although Boller still plays a majority of the instruments on the Smitten album, he has enlisted the talents of several outside musicians this time around. Vocalist Heidi Engel and drummer Chris Belin are prominently featured on the album. Jess and Jeff DeCuir from Hyperbubble, Matt Williams from The Brigadier and Rob Gibson from Mister Fusty all contribute background vocals.

The 14 Days of Simple Carnival
For the first two weeks of February you will able to find a new cool, free Simple Carnival thing each day until Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day). On Feb. 14, The Simple Carnival’s new (and final) album, Smitten, will be released. It’s been nine years since The Simple Carnival has released an album, to celebrate the occasion there will be a bunch of good stuff over the 14 days. Free downloads, previously unreleased tracks, unique giveaways, new videos…this is going to be a fun two weeks! Like The Simple Carnival on Facebook or follow The Simple Carnival on Twitter to be reminded about the next free Simple Carnival thing.

CDs and downloads can be pre-ordered through www.simplecarnival.com. The album will be available on all major streaming and download services.

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Queen in 3-D Book by Brian May Set for Release in May 2017

Queen in 3-D is set to hit bookstores in late May 2017. Author and stereographer Brian May said, "After 3 years of building, our very first London Stereoscopic Company book of 21st century photography is almost ready to be sent off to the printers. And the photographer is me, and the pictures are of a rock group that began to work on making a vision come true around 1970.

"Queen in 3-D! Off stage, on stage - on tour, off tour - in the studio, in the snow, in the sunshine, in the rain - in the pink and in the blue. But always in depth! Stereoscopic memories, and my own personal recollections that go with them."

"This should reach a bookstore near you around the end of May. It will have an OWL viewer included of course…in a special secret exclusive new color!" said May.

Book images © brianmay.com

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Procesinfra Uptime Magazine in 3-D (September 2013)

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The September 2013 issue of Procesinfra Uptime is in 3-D and is available free online.

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Auction Results

Indianapolis Speedway 1913 stereoview

A stereoview of the 1913 Indianapolis Speedway sold for $601 with 14 bids. The view shows the Indianapolis Speedway in 1913 with the grandstand, track and pits with racers. Jules Goux, shown in the foreground of the stereoview, was the winner of the race in 1913.

Jules Goux (6 April 1885 - 6 March 1965), was a Grand Prix motor racing champion and the first Frenchman, and the first European, to win the Indianapolis 500.

"The 1913 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, or International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race, the third such race in history, was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, May 30, 1913.

After the entries in the first two years of the Indianapolis 500 had been almost exclusively American, 1913 saw six drivers travel to the United States from Europe to enter, likely attracted by the $20,000 first prize. 27 cars would meet the 75 mile per hour qualifying speed, led by Jack Tower at 88.230 mph. The starting grid was determined by a random draw of names, and Caleb Bragg would be given the pole.

Tower's car turned over on the southwest turn on lap 51, causing him to sustain a broken leg and his riding mechanic, Lee Dunning, to break three ribs. Bob Burman started the race as the favorite, and led 41 laps early, before his car caught fire on lap 55. Burman was able to repair his car and continue, however continuing problems led to several more stops and a replacement driver, who brought the car home in eleventh (unfortunately only the top ten finishers received prize money).

French-born Jules Goux, driving a car owned and manufactured by Peugeot (where his father was the factory supervisor) would lead the race on four occasions. Bob Evans dueled with Goux, leading laps 125-135, but would be forced out of the race on lap 158 due to a mechanical problem. Goux would dominate the remainder of the race, leading 138 laps en route to a victory of a more than 13 minute margin, making him the first non-American winner of the 500. The car contained a four-cylinder dual overhead camshaft engine, which would serve as a model for many future entries. Urban legends claim that Goux consumed "six bottles of champagne" en route to victory. However, that claim is believed to be exaggerated. Instead, during Goux's six pit stops, only four bottles (each 4/5 pint) were shared between himself and his riding mechanic Emil Begin, with each taking some sips, but likely not enough to become intoxicated. Other swigs were spit out using the champagne as a mouthwash. Goux would state after the race that his manager forced him stay below the car's top speed, feeling the lead was safe. Spencer Wishart was the top finishing American in second, while two of the other European cars would finish fourth and fifth.

Rules at the time required the top ten drivers to finish the full 500 miles to receive prize money. This led to an interesting sight for spectators who remained after Goux's finish. Charlie Merz, in contention for second place, would have his car catch fire towards the end of lap 199. Merz, not wishing to surrender the prize money, drove the final lap on fire, while Harry Martin, his riding mechanic, crawled out on top of the hood of the still moving car to beat at the flames and release the straps the held the engine cover to allow the fire to be extinguished faster. Merz finished third. Martin would unfortunately be killed while helping test a car on the speedway less than two months later."

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