We were saddend to hear of the passing of Peter Tork, bassist for The Monkees, at the age of 77. Many thanks to Ron Labbe for sharing a 3-D photo he took of Peter Tork in 1981 at K's Too in Lowell, MA. Labbe had recently gotten into 3-D and was testing his View-Master® Personal® camera close-up attachment. Labbe also was able to get photos with Micky Dolenz at the same venue.
The Monkees View-Master® packet
The Monkees were featured on the View-Master® 3-reel packet B493 released in 1967. The photos on the reels were taken during the filming of the episode Last Wheelbarrow to Pokeyville. The packet contained a 16-page illustrated color story booklet.
The story began when the Monkees - Davy, Mike, Micky, and Peter, drove into Pokeyville in their Monkeemobile and the sheriff arrested them for speeding at 14 miles per hour!
That wouldn't have been so bad, but when Ella Mae, the village belle, began makin' eyes at Davy, things got a mite complicated. Her jealous boyfriend, Judd, kidnapped Davy and threatened to dip him into his sour-mash still. Mike, Micky, and Peter had to act fast to save Davy from becoming a batch of mountain dew.
Their plan of action started with a pig in a baby buggy, and ended...Well, let's just say that the feudin' clan of Mashstomper and Prunesmoother won't soon forget the day the Monkees came to Pokeyville!
The Monkees View-Master® packet back
GAF released the same images of The Monkees on a set of three Tru-Vue film cards.
The Monkees Anthology CD from Rhino Records 3-D lenticular cover
Monkees Flicker rings from Vari-Vue were available in gumball machines
The quest for perfect 3-D representation drives innovation, stimulates creative expression, and sparks wonder in generation after generation. 3-D: Double Vision is the first American exhibition to survey a full range of artworks, dating from 1838 to the present, that produce the illusion of three dimensions. These artworks function by activating binocular vision, the process by which our brains synthesize the information received by our two eyes into a single, volumetric image.
The history of 3-D begins in the 1830s with the invention of the stereoscope. Initially considered a scientific device, the stereoscope soon entered popular culture, as Victorian audiences became fascinated with stereo photographs depicting faraway lands, colossal monuments, current events, and comic scenes. 3-D motion picture technology followed in the 20th century, along with consumer products such as View Master® and Stereo Realist cameras. Lenticular printing and holography generate dimensional effects without the aid of glasses. In the digital present, artists have access to all these technologies for generating virtual images.
Drawn from the realms of art, science, mass culture, and entertainment, the artworks in 3-D: Double Vision will dazzle the eyes and provoke the imagination. Ultimately, to experience 3-D is to engage with questions about the nature of perception, the allure of illusionism, and our relationship with the technologies that create such images.
On Feb. 9, 2019, cartoonist Jason Little was to be joined by actors James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers) and Todd Alcott (Antz) for a slide show performance and lecture on the history of anaglyph 3-D comic books in conjunction with 3-D Space hosting an exhibit of 3-D comic books and comic art at the 3-D: Double Vision exhibition. Little was to provide historical and technical context for the first appearance of 3-D comics in 1953, as well as revivals in the 1970s and 80s. The performance featured work by Joe Kubert, Don Glassford, and Ray Zone, among others.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd.in Los Angeles, California. The 3-D: Double Vision exhibit is in Level 2 of the Art of the Americas Building.
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On Jan. 14, 2019, a selection of thirty 3-D films were showcased at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel near San Francisco as part of the 30th annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) conference 3-D Theatre Session.
Attendees, including some of the world’s foremost experts in stereoscopic imaging technologies, were treated to an outstanding selection of 3-D cinema and video content. This annual event exhibits the wide range of 3-D content currently being produced and exhibited around the world, from major studios to researchers to talented individuals.
In order to reward and recognize the high-quality work that is being conducted in this field, the session producers and judges are pleased to announce the following Best-of-Show award winners:
Best-of-Show Live-Action Category
Best-of-Show Animation Category
The full list of 3-D content exhibited at the session:
The producers were John Stern (Intuitive Surgical, retired), Dan Lawrence (DepthQ Stereoscopic); Chris Ward (Lightspeed Design Group and DepthQ Stereoscopic), and Andrew Woods (Curtin University). SD&A is grateful for the support of the projection sponsors: DepthQ Stereoscopic and Christie Digital; and the 3-D Theatre partners: LA 3-D Movie Festival and 3-D Film Archive.
See photos from the SD&A conference online.
A project by Al Woodcock
Around 1940, Sawyer’s Inc. began producing promotional View-Master® reels for other companies using the blue ring format. Three untitled but numbered 1, 2 and 3 blue ring reels are all devoted to cemetery scenes. "I learned about these reels when they were auctioned on eBay," said Al Woodcock, who worked on a project to find out more about the connection between Elmlawn Cemetery in Kenmore, New York and View-Master®.
"One of the pictures on reel 1 is titled 'Little Chapel of the Elms.' Using the web, I located a chapel by that name in the Elmlawn Cemetery founded in 1902 and located in Tonawanda New York, a northern suburb of Buffalo, two hours from my home. I lost the auction for these rare reels, but that is just the start of the story thanks to Mary Ann Sell who kindly sent me pictures of the scenes in each reel. The photos of the chapel and other landmarks on the cemetery’s web site and those on the first two reels were similar as I suspected."
In May 2008, Woodcock visited the cemetery and took pictures of all the recognizable locations. "During my stay, I met James Huggins, the president who joined the cemetery in 1969, as well as several more-recently-arrived members of his staff," said Woodcock. "None of them could recognize any of the scenes on the third reel, so it is unlikely that these were taken at Elmlawn. Their location remains a mystery, along with how Sawyer’s and Elmlawn got together."
See the View-Master® photos and Woodcock's more recent photos taken in the same locations in the reels, and learn some more about this project.
Woodcock welcomes any additional information about these reels and would love to hear from you. Woodcock is available on Facebook.
Wondering how you can create your own 3-D depth map photos to post online? 3-D Photo Creator is a free online creation tool to make your 2-D photos into those movable faux 3-D photos. However, you can only upload the generated photos using iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max. 3-D Photos can only be uploaded on mobile from these devices, which is required by Facebook.
This Nishika enamel pin was available in a limited run of 50. The pin measures 1.5" with a black rubber clutch.
It has been announced that Mattel Inc. and MGM will develop a live action motion picture based on Mattel’s classic View-Master® toy line. No word yet on whether the film will be in 3-D, but it seems a no-brainer. It is the second toy-based Mattel-MGM collaboration following the Feb. 15, 2019 announcement about a film based on Mattel’s American Girl doll brand.
Mattel Films and MGM will co-produce the film and have tapped Robbie Brenner, Mattel’s Head of Film and Cassidy Lange, MGM’s Co-President of Production to oversee the film's production.
Brenner said, “Since the 1940’s, View-Master® has inspired wonder and joy in children of all ages, creating huge opportunities for storytelling. MGM Pictures has tremendous expertise and a proven track record in capturing audiences’ imagination through film, and we’re proud to be partnering with them to bring another Mattel franchise to theatres. This marks another important milestone as we transform Mattel into an IP-driven, high-performing toy company.”
MGM’s Motion Picture Group President Jonathan Glickman said, “View-Master® was the first device that allowed families all over the world to escape their reality and take them places they never thought they could go. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Mattel to create a family adventure integrating the old school turn and click stereotypic device with the modern world of virtual reality.”
In addition to the American Girl and View-Master® projects, Mattel has announced an upcoming Hot Wheels live action motion picture and a Barbie feature-film starring and co-produced by Margot Robbie, both in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures. Mattel has partnered with Sony Pictures for a “reimagining” of Masters of the Universe, based on Mattel’s toy line that was previously adapted for an animated television program.
Where will this go? Perhaps a crossover film called View-Masters of the Universe? Hey, Mattel and MGM, I have an perfect idea for the script...call me and we'll talk.
A Fujifilm V1 Sanrio Hello Kitty 3-D and 2-D Digital Photo Frame was offered for a buy it now price of $206.49 with no bids.
A Mutant M-Cine 3-D Digital Picture
Photo Frame was offered at a $70 buy it now price.
We've never seen this listed anywhere online except
for the seller who apparently had two of them
and previously selling one for $70. Apparently,
there is also an M-Focus 3-D camera to take the
photos, but we couldn't find any other references
about the camera online.
Seller Product Description
The M-Cine will playback your 3-D movies or 3-D photos without the need for special glasses! This lets you share your 3-D content with others much easier! Or, display your 2-D movies, and let the M-Cine convert it to 3-D for you!
A 1980s TomyTronic 3-D Thundering Turbo handheld game was offered for $125. TomyTronic also had several other 3-D titles in the series.
Planet Zeon space game
Jungle Fighter game
Shark Attack game
Sherman Attack game
Sky Attack game
Sky Fighters game
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