My interest in 3-D
started when I was 9 years old and rummaging
through old boxes in our basement. One of the boxes contained
the pieces of a very badly mangled stereoscope and a half dozen
slides. My father and I managed to cobble it back together, and
I had my first taste of "amazing 3-D." I tried making
my own slides from pictures cut from duplicate magazines (with
definitely mixed results). Then, about a year later, my parents
bought me a Viewmaster and some slide reels. My "interest"
blossomed into a full-fledged obsession.
As an adult, it's come into full flower. In addition to watching
3-D movies whenever the opportunity presents itself, I've purchased
several stereoscopes (yes, I still have the one my dad and I rebuilt)
and have a collection of a couple hundred stereo slides. Although
the collection is fairly varied, I have sought out slides in two
areas that are of particular interest to me, Eygptian and Biblical archeology and
the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
I've put together a short history of the stereoscope illustrated
in 3-D with slides from my collection.
We've also purchased a Loreo stereo camera, and are making
our own stereo slides now. The drawback is that we can only share
our pictures with friends who have stereopticons of their own,
but stereopticons do make a great present for nearly any occasion.
We hope to convert some of the pictures we've taken with the stereo
camera so you can view them here with red/blue 3-d glasses.
Our most recent find is a 1944 Viewmaster viewer (the second
model they put out). We're now in the process of searching out
early viewmaster slide reels.
The conversion of the stereo slides into anaglyphic (red/blue
color separation) GIFs was done by Glenn French. For a view of
some of Glenn's more "non-traditional" experiments with
this process, check out the GIFs below.
For more information on having your own 3-D images scanned
using this same process, you can contact Glenn French at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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