View-Master® released several 3-D packets featuring country music and country music stars over the years. Some of these are quite hard to find.
The Branson, Missouri blister card features performers Kenny Rogers and Jim Stafford and Hee Haw Honies Becky and Lindy Norris in 3-D photos. Lindy also appeard on ABC TV's The Bachelor show. Packet number 5469 was released in 1996. The packet was originally sold in several Branson theatres and then pulled from shelves to be sold exclusively online. Only 2,500 of these packets were made and it is still available for purchase today.
Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country-music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, which has presented the biggest stars of that genre. Founded on Nov, 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM Radio. The 1977 packet is number H83 and came with a 16-page booklet.
Opryland Packet No. 1
Technically an amusement park packet, Opryland is the home of the Grand Ole Opry house. Two packets were produced for Opryland visitors to purchase as souvenirs.
Opryland Packet No. 2
Opryland is a now defunct theme park that was in operation from 1972 to 1997 located in Nashville, Tennessee. The park featured rides, american music shows and the Grand Ole Opry.
Cowboy Stars, packet CBPX, is technically a TV shows packet but it features singer Gene Autry, famous for many country western songs. Autry was the original singer of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Cowboy Star Adventures
Cowboy Star Adventures, packet CBPX2, is technically a TV shows packet but it features country western singers Roy Rogers and Gene Autry.
Country western singer Roy Rogers had several packet titles issued by View-Master
Dale Evans Queen of the West
Country western singer and movie star Dale Evans had many hits with husband Roy Rogers.
Graceland - Elvis Presley
Although it does not feature 3-D images of Elvis, the King of Rock 'n Roll is pictured on the cover art for the Graceland 3-reel set sold as a tourist souvenir at Elvis' home following his death. In his later years, Elvis' songs mostly were hits on the country music charts. In fact, the single Moody Blue was #1 on the country music charts the week that Elvis died.
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In 2016, nonprofit 3-D Space and The 3-D Film Archive, with the help of over 300 Kickstarter backers, successfully rescued and restored the 3-D feature film September Storm. They are teaming up again starting with a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign and need your help to save another "lost" 3-D movie!
In preparing materials for the upcoming 3-D Rarities Vol. II Blu-Ray release from Flicker Alley, The 3-D Film Archive has been given the opportunity to include the rarely seen 1954 feature motion picture El Corazón y la Espada, historically notable as the first 3-D movie produced in Mexico. Starring Cesar Romero (The Thin Man; Captain From Castile; Batman) and Katy Jurado (High Noon; Broken Lance), the film is a period costume drama full of action, intrigue, and romance.
El Corazón y la Espada was filmed in 1953, during the peak of the 3-D movie craze, and was released in the red/blue anaglyph format in Mexican theaters in January 1954, followed by a limited 3-D release to Spanish language theatres in the U.S. beginning in February 1954. Two years later, a 2-D English language version was released in the U.S., retitled Sword Of Granada. The Spanish 3-D version was last screened in 1955 and the flat English version only aired sporadically on TV. After 1975, it disappeared entirely.
The original 3-D left and right camera negatives have been located, but are in rough shape and have been deteriorating, so will need a lot of work to make the film watchable again. With your support, The 3-D Film Archive will be able to:
Backers who order the Blu-ray through this campaign will receive the complete 3-D Rarities Vol. II including this feature film, all of the additional 3-D shorts, still images, and other bonus extras that will be a part of this Blu-ray collection.
One of the best places to find rare 3-D items for sale is the Saddy Stereoview Consignment Auction regularly held stereoview auctions conducted by John Saddy. The latest collection of goodies goes on the auction block on Thursday, June 27 with lots 1 through 444 and Friday, June 28 with lots 445 through 866.
The auction items are listed and all lots are scanned on John's website at 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.
After the sale, contact John if you are interested in any of the items that received no bids.
You can contact John via an e-mail link on the Saddy Auctions website to find out about subscribing to the catalog. Jefferson Stereoptics is located in London Ontario, Canada.
An Aussie Photo-Scope viewer and Sight-Seer reels sold for $152.09 with 37 bids.
An 1860s Muybridge #$863 mining camp stereoview sold for $315. The image shows a game in Poker, California.
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