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October 2003 Issue

Vol. 1, No. 7

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As a special Halloween treat, the October issue of 3-D Review Online Magazine presents some classic 3-D monster information as well as the latest 3-D items.

Monster Planet of Godzilla 3-D Ride Simulator

Monster Planet of Godzilla logoMonster Planet of Godzilla is a theatre style 3-D 70mm virtual ride at Puroland in Japan. Hello Kitty, the mascot of Puroland, in costume character form, appears in the preshow video, scampering around a futuristic control room, pointing to monitors and exclaiming "Gojira!"

Your adventure begins in the prep-room where you wait while the group in front of you are enjoying the film. In the prep-room, there are several video monitors that present a lengthy Godzilla trivia quiz. Then your hostess, played by Megumi Odaka, and her side-kick friend, Hello Kitty, explain your mission. Your UNGCC fighter craft is demonstrated by your pilot. With your 3-D glasses in your hand you are asked to enter the theater. Once safe and secure in your seats, the show begins.

This is a theatre-style show. It's not really a motion simulator, but more of an enhanced movie. The film required the scent system to be fitted with all-new smells. One was simply called the "green" smell - the smell of some kind of fruit which gets dropped on Godzilla to make him stop eating Tokyo. As you fly through the woods, you can smell the trees. When Godzilla crashes through Tokyo Central Train Station, you can smell the dust from the ruins.

Several other scents were considered, then dropped. All the sample scents of gunfire and explosions were rejected on the grounds that their sulphurous nature was nauseating. A proposed scent for Godzilla himself was also vetoed. Godzilla apparently has a rather musky odor.

Sanrio Puroland is an indoor amusement park located in Tokyo about 30 minutes from Shinjuku. It is about a five minute walk from the Tama City train station, on the Keio line. Normal admission is an all rides included 'passport', which is quite expensive if all you want to do is go on the Monster Planet of Godzilla ride. It is possible to purchase a discount admission if you arrive after 4 p.m., which is a bit more affordable for the visiting Godzilla fan.

Godzilla 3-D The Unused Script (1983)

Godzilla 3-D model.In 1983, director Steve Miner proposed to make an American Godzilla film. Toho approved of the plan, since all they had to do was loan out the image and name of their creation, let somebody else make the film and sit back and reap the enormous box-office and merchandising rewards. Toho agreed to allow Miner to develop a conceptualization of his film and begin seeking backing from Hollywood studios. Miner started by hiring Fred Dekker to write a screenplay and William Stout to develop some concept sketches. Stout based his Godzilla design on a prototype developed and constructed by paleontologist Steve Czerkas and even made a teaser poster for the film, depicting Godzilla spitting atomic death on the Golden Gate Bridge. Dave Stevens developed numerous storyboards based on the Godzilla designs.

Miner contacted some of the biggest names in Hollywood special effects at the time. Many of them were invited to a special screening of the original Japanese version of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, and excitement was high. Rick Baker was contacted to develop a cable-operated Godzilla head for close-up shots. Stop-motion artist Jim Danforth was also on hand, with David Allen tapped to head the actual animation team. Bids were also requested from ILM and Dream Quest. To further complicate matters, Miner wanted to do this film in 3-D, an effect that was enjoying a renaissance at the time. Although producers like Jon Peters and Keith Barish expressed interest in the film, Miner's projected budget of $30 million scared the studios away. The big Hollywood studios refused to spend so much money on what they considered a 'children's' film. By the end of 1984, Miner finally gave up trying to pitch the idea and Godzilla 3-D was laid to rest. Interestingly, had this film actually been made, the same team of creators envisioned doing another film. Not a sequel. Another remake. Rodan 3-D!

Monster Kid Depth Ray from the Third Dimension New icon.

Monster Kid Online Magazine #4Once again, Count Gamula (Kerry Gammill) has risen from the grave to unearth a new issue of Monster Kid Online Magazine. Issue No. 4 features a batty batch of monsterously magnificent 2-D to 3-D image conversions featuring creepy classic movie monsters.

The best "noose" of all is that Monster Kid Online Magazine promises more 3-D photos to come in future issues. See Monster Kid 3-D Spree for Kerry's first frightening set of terrifying 3-D conversions, which was previously featured in the August 2003 issue of
3-D Review Online Magazine.

You'll scream with frightful delight when you see the hauntingly good anaglyphic 3-D images featuring scenes from the following monster movie classics:

  • Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Dracula's Daughter
  • Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man
  • Ghost of Frankenstein
  • House of Frankenstein
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Mummy's Curse
  • Phantom of the Opera (1943)
  • She Wolf of London
  • Son of Dracula
  • Werewolf of London

The "Lost" View-Master® Creature from the Black Lagoon Movie Preview Reel

Creature from the Black Lagoon View-Master® signThe last classic Universal monster was the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Filmed and released in 3-D in 1954, Universal-International created a special campaign to promote the film using a View-Master® movie preview reel.

The movie presskit for Creature from the Black Lagoon has a photo of the View-Master® display cabinet that a theatre could use in its lobby to promote the 3-D playdate of the film. Even though the promotional items are shown in the presskit, it is unknown if the items were ever actually manufactured. No Creature movie preview reel has ever surfaced. No one seems to have one of the display cabinets either.

The display cabinet was described in the presskit:
"The cabinet holds three permanently attached viewers, each containting seven scenes mounted on a revolving reel. Patron presses lever to change scenes. Cabinets are 48" long, 1" high, 10" deep and may be fastened to lobby walls or mounted on stands. You buy the cabinet with three viewers outright for $24.50 each, F.O.B. New York City. Set of three reels (each containing seven scenes) for insertion in viewers, are available separately along with display cards. Order cabinet, reels and printed display card from your National Screen Service branch." (Editor's Note: The description in the presskit of the display being 1-inch high was probably an error by the people who assembled the presskit. It probably should have been listed as 1-foot high, based on the photo showing the cabinet.)

View-Master® movie preview reels were used to promote several films in the heyday of the 1950s 3-D movie boom including reels for House of Wax, Hondo and It Came from Outer Space. View-Master® collector's prize these reels because they were never released to the public.

View-Master® Creature from the Black Lagoon display cabinet.

Creature from the Black Lagoon Soundtrack CD

Creature from the Black Lagoon CD coverCreature from the Black Lagoon (and other jungle pictures), released by Monsterous Movie Music, contains a 35-minute suite from one of the greatest monster movies of all-time, with a score that conjures both the beauty and horror of the Gill-Man’s Amazonian world. While other albums have contained a few cues from this legendary 1954 Universal-International classic, this CD offers all the previously-unreleased music and the best pieces that this brilliant score has to offer. Included are the first 17 cues in the picture, none of which have ever been released before!

In addition, the suite contains all the music that was tracked into Creature From The Black Lagoon from earlier Universal pictures, such as Mr. Peabody And The Mermaid, City Beneath The Sea, East Of Sumatra, Ride Clear Of Diablo and others. Listening to this score is like experiencing dozens of your favorite Universal movies all at once!

Some of the studio’s greatest composers, including the legendary Henry Mancini and Herman Stein, contributed some of their most memorable ‘50s monster music to this film, with ample support from Milton Rosen, Hans Salter and Robert Emmett Dolan. Rosen’s funky Salvage Of The Lady Luck with Hammond Organ will whisk you off to the ’50s like nothing short of a sock hop! And after hearing the “Creature theme” blast from your speakers in stunning stereo sound, you’ll be singing “BAH! BAH! BAHHH!” for the next 10 years.

Also on the album is a five-minute suite featuring almost all the orchestral music music written for MGM’s famous Tarzan films of the 1930s and ’40s starring Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O’Sullivan and everyone’s favorite chimp, Cheeta! These vine-swinging movies had very little music in them, making the cues that were used very memorable. The seven pieces include the wonderfully outlandish A Cannibal Carnival, which served as the Main Title for Tarzan Escapes, Tarzan Finds A Son!, Tarzan’s Secret Treasure and Tarzan’s New York Adventure. And of course, the suite closes with the gorgeous My Tender One, which ended four of the films on a triumphant note after Tarzan, Jane, Cheeta and Boy vanquished their enemies and resumed their normal routine of day-to-day jungle living.

Of special note is the long-lost cue In The Woodland, which was deleted from Tarzan Escapes before the film was released. The evocative piece is heard on this CD for the first time since the 1936 scoring sessions! And there’s even a :13 End Title that sounds like Cheeta laughing, because that’s what it was written to accompany! Who else but Monstrous Movie Music would preserve this priceless moment featuring everybody’s favorite cinematic chimp? The Tarzan suite contains important genre music from great composers like Herbert Stothart, William Axt and Daniele Amfitheatrof.

As if that’s not enough, Creature from the Black Lagoon (and other jungle pictures) also contains Irving Gertz’s brilliant swampy score from the always enjoyable The Alligator People. Yes, the monster looks like a guy with some sort of colossal toothy squash on his head and the sight of him deservedly evokes gales of laughter from viewers, but Gertz’s brilliant score treats the subject matter as if it were Shakespeare. Well, make that Shakespeare with an electric violin. That’s right, the fabulous fifties instrument that never got the respect the Theremin did, makes a striking appearance in this score.

The suite conjures all sorts of moods and fans of the great composer’s music for The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Deadly Mantis and The Monolith Monsters will enjoy this major work for a not-so-major film. If all low-budget movies were treated with this much respect, the world would be a much better place and our 16-minute suite offers almost all of Gertz’s thematic material. Darken the lights, hide your alligator handbag, and enjoy a trip back to B-picture bliss!

The 40-page liner book features striking cover art by Robert Aragon, 21,000 words of information about the films, their scores and the composers who wrote them, as well as a lagoon-full of jokes. The book also contains 33 photos (some in color), including never-before-seen copies of the music manuscripts and close-ups of musical examples.

The liner book text includes timings that match the digital read-out on your CD player, so you can follow along with the music while you read about it. You’ll become a monstrous movie music expert in less time than it takes the Creature to attack! The Monsterous Movie Music Web site also has some Creature from the Black Lagoon audio samples from the album available.

Creature from the Black Lagoon CD tracks

(Herman Stein, Henry Mancini, Milton Rosen, Hans Salter, Robert Emmett Dolan) (35:34)

1. Fanfare (Snell)/A Cannibal Carnival (Levy) (1:35)
2. In The Woodland (Stothart) (1:16)
3. Tarzan Montage (Snell) (:26)
4. End Title (Amfitheatrof) (:13)
5. New End Cast (Stothart) (:30)
6. My Tender One (Axt) (1:07)
7. Main Title (Stein) 1:17
8. Prologue (Stein) 1:48
9. The Webbed Hand (Stein) :33
10. The Diver (Mancini) 1:07
11. Marine Life (Mancini) :30
12. Almost Caught (Salter) 1:19
13. Digger’s Failure (Mancini) :48
14. Unknown River (Mancini) 1:09
15. Tale Of The Mermaid (Dolan) 1:06
16. Salvage Of The Lady Luck (Rosen) 4:05
17. Duke’s Little Helper (Mancini) :34
18. Kay And The Monster, Part 1 (Stein) 2:35
19. Kay And The Monster, Part 2 (Stein) 1:51
20. Tony Visits Port Royale, Part 1 (Stein) 1:50
21. Brad Rescues Tony, Part 2 (Rosen) 1:22
22. Henry’s Trap (Rosen) :50
23. Clay Meets A Badman (Rosen) 2:25
24. That Hand Again (Stein) 1:02
25. Monster Caught (Mancini) 1:04
26. Minyora’s Plan (Mancini) :59
27. Monster Gets Mark, Part 1 (Mancini) 2:14
28. Monster Gets Mark, Part 2 (Mancini) 2:49
29. End Title (Salter) 1:54
30. End Cast (Stein) :27

Ginger Stanley - The Creature from the Black Lagoon's Underwater Mate

Ginger Stanley and Ricou Browning in an unreleased photo from Revenge of the Creature.Not only was Ginger Stanley one of the foremost underwater performers in the world, but she is also a fashion model, a talk show hostess and television personality, a teacher and a world record holder for underwater distance swimming. Ginger is mostly known for her work as the female swimmer of the "underwater ballet sequence" with the Gill Man in the original Creature from the Black Lagoon. There is a great behind the scenes interview and rare unpublished scenes of Ginger's work from the classic 3-D film on the Filmfax Magazine Inc. Web site.

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Abbott and Costello meet the Creature from the Black Lagoon

Abbott and Costello meet the Creature from the Black Lagoon poster by Kerry Gammill.We all remember when Abbott and Costello met Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, the Invisible Man, The Mummy and even Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. But do you remember when Abbott and Costello met The Creature?

Yes, it really did happen, not on the big screen but on live television shortly before the release of Universal's 3-D classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

On Sunday, Feb, 21, 1954, Abbott and Costello hosted NBC's Colgate Comedy Hour. In a live comedy sketch devised to promote Universal's newest monster prior to the release of the classic 3-D film, America witnessed the brief but memorable meeting of Abbott and Costello and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Dan Johnson contributed the behind the scenes story of Abbott and Costello meet the Creature in Kerry Gammill's Monster Kid Online Magazine Issue No. 3.

3-Dimension Entertainment World (1953)

3-Dimension Entertainment World cover3-Dimension Entertainment World, published in 1953, measures 6x8-5/8" with a duotone color cover photo of stars looking scared from film It Came From Outer Space. The magazine has 32-pages with a large single 3-D photo on each page and blue text description of each scene at the bottom. The magazine features 3-D photos of celebrities from movies, stage, radio, TV, sports and nite clubs.

Celebrities and images include Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, The N.Y. Yankees dugout (Yankees-Indians game), Joe Louis, House of Wax, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, Milton Berle, Joe Louis, New Yorker Ice Show, Blackstone, Fort Ti, Ringling Brothers Barnum Circus, Arena, Bellmont Park, Valentino, Denise Darcel, Dagmar, Melvin Douglas, Loretta Scott, Walter Winchell, Paramount Theatre, Una Mae Carlisle, Yonkers Raceway, Vincent Lopez, Gloria DeHaven, Roxy Theatre and more.

The magazine is was published by Cavanagh Radio and Television Products, N.Y. The magazine comes complete with anaglyphic glasses.

Alien Worlds 3-D Comic Book and Poster (1984)

3-D Alien Worlds coverPacific Comics released a special 3-D version of its Alien Worlds comic book series in July 1984. The comic magazine is intended for mature audiences. The cover art, painted by Joe Chiodo, features a giant nude woman kneeling on a moonscape while tiny astronauts plant a flag, seemingly unaware that the woman is watching them. Two pairs of paper anaglpyhic glasses, with the PC logo imprinted on the glasses, are inserted in the book.

Dave Stevens contributed artwork to the first story, "Fair Play," which features a character named Connie that looks just like Marilyn Monroe. The story takes an unexpected twist after a man and woman drink the water on an alien world where they honeymoon.

John Bolton did the artwork for the second story, "Field Drill," a gory tale of an alien vs. human war.

Bill Wray's artwork for story three, "Gifts," follows the story of an unexpected gift left behind on an alien world.

"Away Off There Amid the Softly Winking Lights" is story four inked by Arthur Adams. A man with a terminal illness discovers salvation on another world.3-D Alien Worlds poster

Rand Holmes art for "Spaceman Go Home" features a spacecraft crash landing, a beautiful, buxom and scantily clad woman, space monsters, multi-dimensional beings and the list goes on.

The artwork for each story was converted to 3-D by Ray Zone with the exception of "Away Off There Amid the Softly Winking Lights", which was converted by Tony Alderson. The 3-D is extremely well done with certain panels containing several depth levels.

A special 11" x 17" poster was distributed to comic book stores and dealers by Pacific Comics to announce the release a special 3-D version of its Alien Worlds comic book series in July 1984. Joe Chiodo's excellent painting, which is also the cover art for the comic magazine, is featured on the poster. The artwork features a giant nude woman kneeling on a moonscape while tiny astronauts plant a flag, seemingly unaware that the woman is watching them. A 1950's style rocket ship also sits on the lunar landscape. The poster itself is not in 3-D.

3-D Monsters #1 (1964)

3-D Monsters coverHorrific! Scarifying! Cheesy! In 1964, 3-D fans had the chance to pick up a copy of 3-D Monsters, published by Fair Publishing, Ltd. This is the only issue ever published for this title. The 48-page specialty magazine is mostly black and white photos from monster movies, plus a 3-D gallery of stills featuring classic monsters on 15 pages. Most of the fuzzy 3-D photos are cheesy dioramas of Aurora monster model kits. One of the photos shows the classic collectible battery operated Frankenstein toy, which has it's pants fall down.

The magazine also featured stories and flat stills of Tarantula, This Island Earth, Lon Chaney Jr.'s Werewolf, Boris Karloff's Mummy, Vincent Price in The Premature Burial, Peter Cushing as Frankenstein, Tales of Terror, Count Cagliostro's cookbook and Nightmare Alley. As the cover tells you, they aren't actually 3-D glasses...they are magic glasses. The 3-D Monsters magazine was no doubt inspired by the popularity of the classic Warren Publishing magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland.

Kikaida 3-D Movie (1973)

Photos from a Kikaida 3-D screening.On March 17, 1973 a Kikaida movie, with 3-D scenes was shown in Japan. The movie was only 33 minutes long. It featured a new monster, Multi-Colored Sand Lizard, and the restored versions of 20 earlier monsters. Photos of a Kikaida 3-D screening.

The opening sequence was longer than the TV episodes. At one point, Kikaida, riding his Side Machine, made a sharp turn and the side-car came off the ground. This movie was also shown in Hawaii.

The film is based on a Japanese TV series. In the 1970's, when Kikaida aired in Hawaii, there was a rash of incidents at local elementary schools where kids hurt themselves or their friends imitating the stunts they saw on the show. Apparently, this was quite a shock. Japanese kids are better-behaved than American ones, it seems. The stars of these Japanese superhero shows filmed short Public Service Announcements, in costume, asking kids not to imitate them. The Kidaida 3-D movie was reportedly released on laser disk in Japan.

Third Dimensional Murder (1941)

MGM's 3-D camera rig, which was constructed in 1937, was used to film Pete Smith's Metroscopix Third Dimensional Murder.Third Dimensional Murder is a seven minute Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) comedy/crime short filmed in Technicolor in 1941. The film is a very early example of the anaglyph (red and blue glasses) 3-D.

The plot has an unseen narrator (Pete Smith) going to a haunted house to find his missing aunt and investigate a murder. He encounters the classic Universal Frankenstein monster, portrayed by Ed Payson, as well as a witch, a wooden Indian who comes to life and assorted other monsters and frightening characters, all of whom manage to throw something toward the camera. In fact, most of the film is devoted to the 3-D gimmicking, using objects being thrust and thrown towards the camera and the audience, to highlight the 3-D effect.

Third Dimensional Murder was produced by Pete Smith, who was born in New York City, the son of a brewery cooper. He dropped out of school at 13 to begin a low-paying career as a stenographer-typist. He made his first contact with show business in 1912 as a secretary of a vaudeville players' union and later as a reviewer for Billboard magazine. He then began a successful stint as a press agent and eventually wound up with MGM as publicity director and head of the advertising department. In 1931, he began producing and narrating shorts for the studio, which soon became popular with audiences for their folksy and inventive style. They comprised a wide variety of subjects, from sports wrap-ups to entertaining educational shorts. Some were in color and others, presented as Audioscopics, used a 3-D technique.

In 1936, Smith began producing his most celebrated series of shorts, the "Pete Smith Specialties," which enjoyed a great popular success. "A Smith named Pete," as he introduced himself, produced and narrated some 300 shorts in all. Two of these, Penny Wisdom (about cooking, 1937) and Quicker'n a Wink (in ultra-slow motion, 1940) won Academy Awards. In 1954, the year of his retirement, Smith was presented with a special Academy Award at the ceremonies for 1953.

In 1979, at age 86 and despondent over his deteriorating health, Smith jumped to his death from the roof of a Los Angeles convalescent hospital.

Kellogg's Canadian Star Wars 3-D Cards (1997)

Kellogg's Corn Flakes with Star Wars 3-D CardsCanada, even more than the United States, promotes the sale of cereal through what is on the box, instead of just relying on placing toys inside the box. For card collectors, this led to a real bonus during the Special Editions. Two different Canadian cereal box designs came packaged with cards.

The first set of Canadian cereal box cards is fairly well known among collectors. It includes three 3-D cards packaged on a special 3-pack of cereal boxes. These cards are oversized (7 1/2" wide by nearly 6" tall), and have some of the best 3-D images ever made for Star Wars. The 3-pack of cereal included Frosted Flakes, Corn Flakes and Corn Pops. The 3-pack was shrink wrapped together with a cardboard footer underneath the boxes explaining that they were a Special Edition 3-pack in both French and English.

There was one card for each movie. The Star Wars card shows X-Wings in space, The ESB card shows AT-ATs on Hoth and the Return of the Jedi (ROTJ) card shows the cockpit of the Shuttle Tydirium as the rebels approach Endor. The quality of these 3-D cards must be seen to be believed.

These cards were not difficult to trade for and can still be found at fair prices either still attached to the cereal boxes (which makes a great display), or separated from the boxes.

A second set of Canadian cereal box cards also exists. This set is not attached to the boxes, but actually has cards that are part of the boxes, and must be cut out. There are a total of 16 Shadows of the Empire (SOTE) trading cards to collect. These were printed four to a box on the backs of specially marked Honey Nut Corn Flakes, Corn Flakes and Bran Flakes (all by Kellogg's). Marked boxes advertised a special SOTE contest. Winners could either get a SOTE novel, or better still a full Star Wars library. The SOTE cards on the back are slightly smaller than regular trading cards, but have nice images. Text on the back is in both English and French. Even though these are cut-out cards, they do have text on the backs.

Box One features the first four cards:

  • C-3P0
  • Darth Vader
  • SOTE artwork (the novel cover) and
  • Jabba the Hutt.

Box Two (boxes are not numbered) features:

  • SOTE artwork (Leia, Boba)
  • Han in Carbonite
  • The Emperor and
  • Obi-Wan

Box Three features:

  • Chewbacca
  • Luke
  • Slave Leia
  • SOTE artwork (Xizor)

Box Four features:

  • Boba Fett
  • R2-D2
  • Lando Calrissian
  • SOTE artwork (Black Sun emblem)

All of the character cards show photos from the films, with each box also containing a card that is artwork, rather than a photo. These cards were more difficult to locate than the 3-D cards and are a terrific addition to any collection.

Canada also had a number of Kellogg's cereal boxes that featured some stereogram 3-D images for Star Wars. The type you stare at until a picture emerges.

Information courtesy of Star Wars Trading Cards and C.M. Kendrick.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 3-D Books New icon.

Harper Festival has published three Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over books targeted to the zero to six year old audience. Each 32-page book includes 3-D glasses and a poster. The books went on sale June 17, 2003. Price of each book is $3.99 U.S. or $5.99 Canadian.

Meet the Spy Kids 3-D Book
Meet the Spy Kids

Armed with their wits and some great gadgets, the Spy Kids are ready for anything! The author is Kate Egan.

Spy Kids 3-D Joke Book
Spy Kids 3-D: The Joke Book

Who do spies call when they make a mess?
Cleaning Agents.

What is a Spy Kid's favorite meal?
A Hero Sandwich.

Saving the world is a serious business, but it's no secret that the Spy Kids have a lot of fun. Join them with this collection of jokes, riddles and knock-knocks. Your mission: lots of laughs! The author is Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld.

How to be a Spy Kid 3-D Book
How to Be a Spy Kid
Gain access to the OSS headquarters and be briefed on your own top secret spy mission. Learn all about the disguises and devices you will need to be a Spy Kid! The author is Kate Egan.

Jefferson Stereoptics View-Master® and Stereoview Auctions October 2003 New icon.

One of the best places to find View-Master® and other 3-D items for sale is Jefferson Stereoptics regularly held View-Master® and stereoview auctions conducted by John Saddy. John prints a catalog several times a year that is sent to subscribers. Cost of the subscription pays for printing the catalog and postage to mail it. Each issue of the printed catalog includes photos of some of the most sought after 3-D items featured in each sale.

The auction items are also listed on John's Web site at www3.sympatico.ca/john.saddy.3d/. The Web site 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.

Part one of the stereoviews auction starts on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, featuring lots 1 through 274. The second part of the auction concludes on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, with lots 275 through 507.

The latest collection of View-Master® goodies go on the auction block on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, for lots 1 through 207. The auction concludes on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, with lots 208 through 459.

You can contact John via an e-mail link on his Web site to find out about subscribing to the catalog. Jefferson Stereoptics is located in London Ontario, Canada.