Marilyn Monroe's First Nude a Stereo Pair?
3-D FILMSTRIP DEPICTING NUDE NORMA JEAN BAKER DOUGHERTY (LATER
KNOWN AS MARILYN MONROE) TO BE AUCTIONED ON NOVEMBER 11
|Could this 3-D slide be the
first nude photo of Marilyn Monroe as well as one of
her first photographs as a professional model?
Photo courtesy of Sloans and Kenyon.
Norman Jean Baker appeared nude on a very famous 1950s
calendar as well as being the first Playboy Playmate.
She is, of course, better known as the iconic movie star
Marilyn Monroe. However, that calendar image photographed
by Tom Kelley in 1949 might not be the first time Norma
Jean appeared in a mass produced nude image.
A Virginia roofer, who wishes to remain anonymous, discovered
a naked picture of Marilyn Monroe, or someone who looks
just like her, in a hidden stash of photos, and now the
rare image will be auctioned on November 11, along with
In 1997, the roofer was working on a Falls Church home when
construction workers rehabbing an old house next door discovered
a secret cache of photos in the rec room ceiling. Everything
was dumped on the curb as trash, but the roofer took home
the interesting bits. One of them was a set of 3-D slides
mounted in a plastic holder.
The slides, on Anscocolor film, had turned magenta from age,
but upon closer inspection, he decided that one of the six
nude models on the 35mm filmstrips looked just like Norma
Jean Baker, Monroe's early professional name.
After years of exhaustive research, the roofer is convinced
that the historic image is not only the very first nude photo
published of Monroe, but the image is amazingly taken in the
3-D format. He took the picture to Sloans & Kenyon auction
house in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where it will be on the auction
block on November 11.
"We believe it might be her first nude," says Sloans
and Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers President Stephanie
Kenyon. "A leg scar matches one from other authenticated
pictures of Monroe at the time."
photo may have been made by W.O. Schwartz in May 1945, when
the 19-year-old model was just beginning her career. The image
is totally nude but not full-frontal. Photographer Douglas
Kirkland, who photographed the actress in 1961 for Look
magazine said, "Entirely possible." Kirkland
said Monroe survived by modeling at that time, although he
had never seen anything like the filmstrip.
The filmstrip, mounted in a plastic filmstrip holder, contains
images of six models. A Hollywood company distributed 3-D
slides in a similar plastic holder under the names Modelscope
or Treasurescope. This might be one of the Modelscope
3-D slides. The filmstrip, made to insert in a hand-held viewfinder,
also includes other models from L.A.'s Blue Book agency, all
posing for cheerful girlie shots in a style typical of the
period and popular with World War II GIs. The plastic filmstrip
holder is a reddish color and has tiny molded pins that allow
the viewer to "lock" the slides into position when
inserted into the viewer. To view the 3-D slides the user
moved the plastic filmstrip holder either left or right until
it locked into position. It is not known if the Modelscope
plastic filmstrip holder came in color variations.
The Modelscope brand is a likely candidate as to the original
format. Several photographs provided by the owner of the slide
holder and the images on the slides show the slides in the
same type plastic slide holder as the Modelscope and the images
contain a similar numbering system as Modelscope slides. Research
by the owner also confirmed that other models from the agency
are the same as those appearing on the other images of the
The item description for the auction reads as follows:
Sale 25 Lot 1488 RARE 3-D FILMSTRIP DEPICTING NUDE
NORMA JEANE BAKER DOUGHERTY (LATER KNOWN AS MARILYN MONROE),
Circa May 1945. One of six images on two strips depicting
six individual nude models photographed in Hollywood area
outdoor landscape settings; on 35mm Anscocolor film, in 3-D
format with plastic casing devised for use in Modelscope
Viewer produced in Hollywood, CA. Photo attributed to
W. O. Schwartz, located in 1945, at 426 S. Spring Street,
Los Angeles, six blocks from the Ambassador Hotel which housed
the Blue Book Modeling agency, employer of Norma Jeane. This
image is thought to be Norma Jeane's first nude (significantly
pre-dating Tom Kelley's famous image of 1949), and one of
her first photographs as a professional model.
PROVENANCE: Full details of discovery of filmstrip in Falls
Church, VA, and subsequent authentication research available.
PLEASE NOTE: To preserve the value of this never-before-published
image for the successful bidder, only a portion of the entire
photograph is illustrated here. However, the full nude image
can be viewed at the Sloans & Kenyon gallery prior to
Statements of condition are provided as a service to potential
bidders; such statements are educated opinions and should
not be regarded as facts. Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers
and Appraisers has no responsibility for any errors or omissions.
Absence of statements of condition are not indications that
lots are flawless or without normal signs of wear consistent
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NASA to bring
the Sun into the Third Dimension
spacecrafts have been launched from the same rocket for the
first time in a mission to capture the first three-dimensional
images of the sun.
NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observation mission,
or Stereo, successfully blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida
on October 25 after a series of technical hitches delayed
previous launch attempts.
The two-year mission will study powerful eruptions from the
sun, known as coronal mass ejections, which trigger space
storms that can disrupt powers supplies on Earth.
The two spacecraft were launched from a Delta II rocket.
About 25 minutes after lift-off they separated from the rocket
and are sending signals back to NASA.
The two observation craft have been set on separate orbits
to provide the unique images of the solar star.
A statement from NASA likened this to the vision of pair
of eyes. "Just as the slight offset between human eyes
provides depth perception, this placement will allow Stereo
observatories to obtain three-dimensional images of the sun,"
Dr. Michael Kaiser, NASA's project scientist for Stereo,
said the mission would help predict space weather.
"In terms of space weather forecasting, we're where
weather forecasters were in the 1950s. They didn't see hurricanes
until the rain clouds were right above them, in our case,
we can see storms leaving the sun but we have to make guesses
and use models of figure out if and when it will impact earth."
It is hoped that understanding of coronal mass ejections,
which can be a billion times more powerful than a megatonne
nuclear explosion, will give power companies better protection
against space storms.
It should also help satellite and airline operators and improve
safety on future manned space missions.
NASA has also released a video about the project.
Watch video of the launch: Windows
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3-D Camera used to film Scar
rare, high-tech 3-D camera was used for filming Scar
on a location shoot at High River in Canada.
The crew for the movie Scar employed a one of a
kind, high-definition 3-D camera to film scenes for the movie.
"It is the only one in the world," said Darryl Solly,
location manager. "We're trying to take a huge leap in
technology with filmmaking."
He said the creators of the camera, Japanese company NHK,
made it available for use for the movie. Solly said Scar
is to be released next summer in both regular theatres and
in IMAX 3-D. "You can get the 3-D effect on IMAX screens,
but also on screens using digital projection," he said.
He said High River had a number of locations that met their
needs for the film, including Sobeys, a portion of Macleod
Trail between 3 and 4 Avenue as well as a nearby private residence,
which was used for a night scene.
The movie's plotline follows Joan Burrows (Angela Bettis)
as she returns to her hometown for her niece's graduation,
only to be confronted by the serial killer she thought she
offed years ago, after he kidnapped and tormented her and
her best friend.
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Jolie 2-D to 3-D conversion by Van Beydler
Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis is bringing his live-action/CG
adaptation of the classic Beowulf tale to the big
screen in three dimensions. A story in The Hollywood Reporter
reveals that Zemeckis is creating a version of his epic to
be shown in Real D and other larger format 3-D theaters. The
enhanced versions of the film will open the same day as the
standard release, Nov. 16, 2007.
Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone, Crispin Glover and Anthony
Hopkins are attached to star in the film which will use performance-capture
technology, similar to what Zemeckis used on The Polar
The film is based on a screenplay by esteemed scribes Neil
Gaiman and Roger Avary, inspired by the ninth century Old
English poem. In the poem, Beowulf, a hero of the Geats tribe,
travels to Denmark to help defeat a monster named Grendel.
He later returns to Geatland, where he becomes king.
The Hollywood Reporter adds that Beowulf,
from Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, is expected
to play in more than 1,000 Real D theaters, as well as other
3-D locations, in what will likely be the largest day-and-date
large-format 3-D release ever.
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Cameron to produce 3-D Adventure Movie for Rogue Pictures
Pictures have announced that James Cameron is to produce a
3-D adventure film. Emmy Award nominee Gary Johnstone will
direct the film through Cameron's Earthship Productions company.
The script has been written by John Garvin.
The film will be shot with the 3-D Fusion camera system,
developed by Cameron and Vince Pace. The HD/3-D lensing will
allow the film to be theatrically released in both traditional
theaters in 2-D and simultaneously in theaters equipped for
digital 3-D exhibition.
Rogue adds that the 'story takes place in the breathtaking
world of cave diving, one of the last frontiers of exploration
remaining on this planet. The film will explore the human
mind as well as the underground depths, as the characters
are stripped to their most primitive selves after they are
trapped and lost deep below sea level. There, a father and
son will struggle to survive and come to terms with each other
in the most dangerous and unforgiving environment on Earth.'
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U2 Making 3-D
rockers U2 are planning to bring their Vertigo tour to movie
screens everywhere in the form of a 3-D concert film planned
for release next year.
Directors Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington, according
to Variety, will piece the film together from more than 700
hours of footage they shot of the band performing seven South
American shows early last year.
In the band's typically sensational fashion, U2 isn't stopping
there. They're set to make history by performing live in the
first 3-D concert ever beamed to theaters nationwide. The
live 3-D event would coincide with the concert film's theatrical
debut in summer or fall 2007.
Variety explains that the film's producers, 3ality
Digital Entertainment, assembled the most 3-D camera technology
ever used for a single project. A representative for the band
called it "the first-ever 3-D multi-camera live shoot."
3-D director of photography, Peter Anderson (T2 3-D: Battle
Across Time), used nine pairs of Sony Cinealta 950 cameras
to film the band in swooping shots and kaleidoscopic imagery
that will play to the three-dimensional format. Director of
cinematography for the film's 2-D footage is Tom Krueger.
The film is expected to be displayed using Real D technology,
the same used by theaters showing the new version of Tim Burton's
The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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Time Fitness View-Master® Reel
press release is alive, and well, at 100 years old. On Oct.
28, 1906, what is recognized as the first news release was
produced by Ivy Lee, who many call the father of public relations,
for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Being the first, it escaped
the fate of many modern news releases, being totally ignored
by the media.
It was issued after a train accident in Atlantic City, N.J.,
that caused more than 50 deaths, said Greg Jarboe, co-founder
and president of SEO-PR, a San Francisco-based PR and search
engine marketing firm. "It was so objective and so factual"
that The New York Times ran it verbatim as "a statement
from the company," he said.
It wasn't long before releases were being cranked out by
businesses, nonprofit groups and government agencies, said
Dulcie Straughan, a professor of public relations at UNC-Chapel
Hill. The appeal: News releases are an efficient way for groups
to get the word out to news-hungry outlets.
To mark the centennial, Raleigh public relations firm Capstrat
posted a think piece about releases on its Web site (www.capstrat.com).
And, yes, the firm issued a release to trumpet the fact.
Likewise, Business Wire, which disseminates about 1,000 releases
daily, is sponsoring panel discussions and other events nationwide
to commemorate the anniversary.
The downside of news releases: They're so popular that many
are overlooked or discarded. That's why some companies resort
to gimmicks to get the media's attention. Life Time Fitness,
a national chain of fitness centers that is opening a center
in Cary, included with its recent news release a View-Master®
viewer with a reel of 3-D photos depicting the amenities that
the chain offers.
Today's news releases aren't aimed only at the media. Organizations
post them on their Web sites, and they pop up in Web searches.
Anyone can read them.
Will there still be a news release in 2106? "Oh, yeah,"
Straughan said. "It may be coming to us in microchips
implanted in our heads, but it will be there. It will probably
say, 'For Immediate Release,' too."
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Images of The Face on Mars
The European Space Agency has posted several
new high resolution anaglyphic 3-D images of "the face
See the 3-D images here.
Read more about the face on Mars here.
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Sci-Fi 3-D TV serial to air in India
a Tamil television serial shot in 3-dimensions, is all set
for telecast on Jaya TV this Dussera season.
The producers of the serial, GV Films Limited, claim this
is the first time an entire serial has been shot in 3-D for
the small screen anywhere in the world.
At a press conference in Chennai, representatives of GV Films
said the first season of the fantasy-science fiction serial
running to 26 episodes had been shot using a technology called
The production has been made through collaboration with a
Los Angeles-based firm, Dimension 3.
All the scenes in the serial were shot using two cameras
fixed at a specific angle and mounted on a special rig. During
the post-production work, the shots from both cameras were
combined to create a three-dimensional effect.
The serial will require 3-D glasses for viewing.
GV Films Limited CEO V. Ravee said the technology was one
of the three mainstream 3-D picture capture technologies,
and was well suited for television. "The advantage of
using Anaglyf is that the end product can be viewed without
3-D glasses without blurring of the image. In other formats,
this is not possible," said Ravee.
The producers and channel executives have made arrangements
for the distribution of 3-D glasses needed for viewing the
serial. The glasses have been made in collaboration with the
Los Angeles firm and will be available soon through cable
TV operators and in retail shops at a price of Rs.6.50 each.
The serial has been slated for telecast on Saturdays for
the 9 p.m. prime slot. Each episode will run to approximately
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Images of 911 created from CNN Videos
Images courtesy of David at Ironic
Ironic Sans has posted several 3-D images created
from videotape taken of the World Trade Center following the
911 attacks. Images are posted in both anaglyphic 3-D and
"On Sept. 16, 2001, CNN.com posted a video
of aerial views of the World Trade Center site taken by a
U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flying around lower Manhattan.
Using near-consecutive frames from this video to simulate
right-eye and left-eye views, I’ve created 3-D images
of Ground Zero as seen a few days after the attacks of 9/11,"
said Ironic Sans.com's David Friedman. "I think it’s
To see all the 3-D images, visit Ironic
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Gallery Presents The Third Dimension
Shanahan Gallery in Astoria, Oregon, is featuring
a special exhibit of three-dimensional photography of Astoria
and other northwest cities by Dean Walch in The Third
Dimension, a show of stereoscopic photography and other
three-dimensional works opened to the public on Saturday,
Oct. 14, 2006.
Walch creates his stereoscopic images using two digital cameras
affixed to one another and the images merged on a computer.
Viewing the work requires he traditional red and blue glasses
patrons may remember from 3-D movies.
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in 3-D technology are affecting the world like never before
even though the process of simulating 3-D from 2-D sources
has always been one of illusion and compromise. What has changed
a great deal is that science has progressed since the first
3-D imaging of 1838, and we're all likely to benefit from
those advances with better 3-D displays.
Advanced Imaging Pro explores some of the new
3-D displays that are seeing the light of day. Read more about
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Here are a few 3-D auction results from the past month.
A No. 2 Stereo Brownie Model A sold for $461 with
22 bids. Kodak introduced this camera in 1905 and
it was discontinued in 1910. All mechanical components
appear to be present and all operate smoothly. Exterior
is in good condition with minor wear present on corners
of the imitation leather case. The red leather bellows
are in beautiful shape and give this rare find a stunning
A 1910 Graflex camera catalog sold for $411 with
seven bids. It has 52 pages. This catalog has the
finest equipment of the time. It has the prized Cirkut
16in panoramic picture camera and outfit and the Stereo
Auto Graflex, Stereoscopic Graphic and other accessories.
An early Carleton E. Watkins stereoview card that features
a view of the railroad depot at Winnemucca, Nevada sold
for $338 with nine bids. The card is number 319 in the
Watkins Pacific Railroad/Central Pacific Railroad series
and features a nice view with three locomotives present.
The card is captioned under the right photograph reads
319 Winnemucca Depot. In smaller print at the bottom
edge 334 miles from Sacramento. At the left end of the
card the print reads: WATKINS PACIFIC RAILROAD, 22 &
26 Montgomery St., opposite Lick House entrance, San
Francisco. At the right end the fine print reads: Photographic
Views of California, Oregon, and the Pacific Coast generally
embracing, Yosemite, Big Trees, Geysers, Mount Shasta,
Mining City, etc., etc. Views made to order in any part
of the State or Coast. The back of the card is light
pink in color without any printing.
A stereoview of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition Soda
Water Fountain sold for $407.98 with 11 bids. "The
Largest and Most Magnificent Soda Water Apparatus In
The World, 33 feet high, 12 feet in diametern it has
28 soda and mineral water tubes, and 76 syrups. Manufactured
by James W. Tufts, Patentee of the Arctic Soda Apparatus,
Boston, Mass.. and used at the grounds of the Centennial
Exhibition 1876." The fountain had hanging ferns,
a chandelier and even sprayed prefume in the air.
A Civil War era stereoview sold for $429 with 14 bids.
The card is by Sam Cooley, the Civil War Photographer
of the Tenth Army Corp. The card shows soldiers standing
outside in various state of dress with their rifles