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I love 3 dimensional
Revised 3-29-2005 to modify Nishika information
Scanners, Digital Cameras, On-Line auctions
your ability to see a 3D picture. Click
here to see a photo of a bench in the woods. If you can do 3D, there
is a man and dog in the picture
2 good eyes are required to see 3D.
I have sold most of my 3D cameras and a variety of memorabilia. There are a lot of resources on the web for 3D stuff. 3D photography has been around since the 1800's. Some of you may have seen the stereopticons of the early 1900's. This was a device that was used to view photos taken with a dual lens camera and mounted on a "stereo card". Here are some photos of some old viewers and cards.
Each thumbnail picture is linked to the full sized photo. To view the full size photo, click on the thumbnail photo. If you want to keep this page open and view the full size photo on a separate page, Right click the thumbnail and choose "Open in new window". These are some of the items I had collected.
Some explanations for the above photos from my collection:
1-4 Show different styles of viewers used in the late 1800's and early 1900's
5 & 6 Are views of a lighted model on a stand probably used in a library or school.
7-9 Show some typical cards of the era. I have boxed sets of cartoon and the San Francisco Earthquake. I have hundreds of miscellaneous cards of different scenes around the world.
10-16 Are a few shots from a special boxed set in perfect condition used by an optical doctor for special eye training.
17-18 Is a special handheld viewer with a light similar to the one in 5 & 6.
19-24 Are views of the more modern ViewMaster. These were popular in the 40' and 50's with kids and adults alike. I have hundreds of the circular cards with cartoons and views from all over the world. ViewMaster's are still being sold new as depicted by the keychain model. I even have a ViewMaster projector to show them on a screen.
25-41 Depict the modern craze of random dot stereograms. These are computer generated pictures with slight distortions that create a 3D picture when viewed properly. When I first saw one of these a number of years ago, I saw people gathered around a poster exclaiming amazing things. I tried it and since I could not see the 3D effect, I assumed it was a scam like snipe hunting (there are no such things). I really think grunion are fake also. I know tons of people that swear they have seen one, but I never have. We used to go grunion hunting on the beach in California and they never seemed to be running on the night I went. They even put photos in the newspaper showing grunion on the beach. Never saw one for real. Just like snipe. Anyway, I thought this was another scam until I was able to get the illusion to pop out and I was hooked.
This is for real. If you stare at any repeated pattern, even tile on the floor, you get a 3D effect. The devices in the first few pictures made your eyes look straight ahead, each eye at a different picture, taken by a different lens separated by a distance like a persons eyes causing the appearance of 3 dimensional depth.
42 is a modern camera made by Nishika. It uses regular 35 MM film and shoots one shot from each lens on a different piece of negative. Each shot uses 2 frames in the film, so a 24 shot roll only gets 12 developed photos. The photos used to be developed by Nishika here in Las Vegas and the 4 shots are layered onto one photo and gives the appearance of phenomenal depth. The Las Vegas store is out of business. Actually the whole company is out of business but you can still find them on E-Bay. However check the links below & you will find at least 4 models of inexpensive cameras available new.
You can check these sites for more current information on cameras & processing: http://clik3d.com/services.htm & http://www.orasee.com/ or just search the web for 3D film processing. http://www.3dstereo.com/ is another place for 3D stuff.
The final type of 3D photos around now are the holograms. I did not put a photo here because they are everywhere today on cereal boxes to watches. It is a fascinating area of illusion. I hope you enjoyed my little tour. If you want more detailed information, there are lots of books in the gift shops about 3D photos. The web is a good source of info also. Just try a search for 3D. You will be amazed at the results you get.
used to be a couple of programs available for generating your own stereograms
on your computer. One was included with a book called "Making Random
Dot Stereograms" by Bob Hankinson and Alfonso Hermida (QUE Publishing
for more info on 3D:
May not still be active. Just Google for current ones.
January 2002: Thanks to E-Bay and the generousity of my wife, I have added numerous unique items to my collection that I never knew existed. I may take some photos of them later and add them. They include some smaller formats on negatives and glass slides, some small ones produced in Europe as givaways for cereal promotion, a French viewer for the glass and negative slides, a couple of cameras and some really strange viewers and projectors.
in 2006, I no longer enjoy these so I sold most of them.
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