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14th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival Tickets Now Available

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3-D Space, The Center For Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education, presents the 14th Annual Los Angeles Movie Festival on Dec. 16 and 17, 2017.

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17, the festival returns to its home at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles for two full days of programming, including the 58th Hollywood International Stereo Photography Exhibition, several blocks of International 3-D short films and 3-D student films, 3-D feature film and special events including a rare 10th anniversary screening of U23D, the groundbreaking 3-D concert film.

The LA 3-D Club Holiday Party featuring food from Johnny Ray Zone's restaurant "Howlin' Ray's Hot Chicken" will be held during the festival on Saturday, and includes a ticket to the U23D show.

LA 3-D Club members receive a $5 discount on festival VIP passes by entering the code STEREOSCOPE. See the full festival schedule online.

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Stereo World Magazine, November / December 2017, Vol 43, No. 3

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The November/December 2017 issue of Stereo World magazine is now available.

Inside this issue:

3-D Con 2017 Part21
The Society and Beyond
NSA 2018 Dues Adjustment
Rose Stereograph Co. 1880 - 2017 RIP
The Stereo Cyanotype
Green River in Depth
French Stereo of Alexander II's Russia
The Unknowns
50s Flavored Finds
Editor's View

Join the National Stereoscopic Association and get six issues of Stereo World with your annual membership.

To order individual printed back issues of Stereo World from the past three years only, write to:

Back Issues
P.O. Box 86708
Portland, OR 97286

Or, email

Back issues are $8 each postpaid in the U.S. and $10 each for international shipment.

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Saddy Stereoview Consignment Auctions Next 3-D Auction is Dec. 7 and 8, 2017

One of the best places to find rare 3-D items for sale is the Saddy Stereoview Consignment Auction regularly held stereoview auctions conducted by John Saddy. The latest collection of goodies goes on the auction block on Thursday, Dec. 7 with lots 1 through 506 and Friday, Dec. 8 with lots 507 through 1,007.

The auction items are listed and all lots are scanned on John's Web site at The website 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.

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

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The Civil War in 3-D Book

An Otsego County man has brought a new dimension to the study of the Civil War.

The Civil War: A History in 3-D by Richard Loren Copley of Arnold Lake, is a photographic history of the war between the states with a twist.

Copley said he uses restored stereo photographs from 1861 to 1865, which he has converted by computer to be viewed through standard 3-D glasses.

"My motive in producing the book was to allow the general public to experience the stereo photographs the way the photographers intended them to be viewed in full three dimensions," Copley said. "During the period that these pictures were recorded, stereoscopes were very popular, and the photographers were confident in their ability to be seen in 3-D by a large portion of the population."

"The stereographs created during the Civil War contain two images, one for each eye, and were viewed through a stereoscope," Copley said.

He digitally restored and converted the photographs to red/cyan anaglyphs to reproduce the 3-D illusion.

Nearly all of the 73 photographs in the book were originally stereographs. Photographs of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and the Appomattox, Va., home of Wilmer McLean, where Robert E. Lee surrendered to Grant, were not originally stereographs. They were converted to 3-D through a technique developed by Copley.

The original photographs are all courtesy of the Library of Congress.

In addition to creating the book, Copley published it and, with the help of his wife, is doing the marketing and distribution, he said.

"I have been truly gratified to find how well it has been accepted by everyone who has seen it," he said. "We launched the book by touring sites of Civil War battles and encampments. Gettysburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Newport News, etc. and were successful in placing the book in museum shops in these areas.

Copley is a former teacher and a museum-exhibit designer and website builder.

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Whatever Happened to the NAV-3-D Technologies Line of 3-D Media Players, cameras and camcorders?

In 2012, NAV-3D Technologies, a pioneer in the field of 3-D multimedia entertainment devices, announced the launch of their new line of glasses free 3-D media players, cameras and camcorders. Incorporating the latest advancements in 3-D technology, three new NAV-3D media players eliminate the need for users to wear 3-D glasses to view 3-D content, and three new NAV-3D digital cameras make it easy to capture and share 3-D photos and videos in ways never thought possible.


According to a 2012 press release, at the PDN Photo Plus International Expo, NAV-3D introduced a unique line of innovative 3-D multimedia entertainment devices. Those in attendance participated in hands-on demonstrations and interactive film sessions.

"We are really excited about the NAV-3D product line," said Matthew Gross, CEO and Founder of NAV-3D. "Seeing everyone's reaction for the first time is like watching kids in a candy store. I don't think we could have predicted such an overwhelmingly favorable response to an initial product launch."

The NAV3D6, NAV3D8 and NAV3D8B digital media players were to come equipped with a stereoscopic 6" or 8" parallax barrier 3-D display. The parallax barrier is a layer of material embedded into the screen that contains a set of precision slits, forcing each eye to see a unique set of pixels, creating a sense of depth.

"I could see you putting this in front of a kid and having them be enthralled for hours," said Tarina Peterson, a professional graphic designer from NYC. "This is like instant entertainment."

The NAV3DCAM-12 can capture 3-D videos in high definition (1920x1080 resolution) or up to 16.0-Megapixel still images (with interpolation) while letting users preview the 3-D effect instantly using a 3.2" parallax display 3-D viewfinder.  The NAV3DCAM-10 and NAV3DCAM-11 incorporate this same 3-D display technology, but capture videos with a maximum of WVGA or 720P resolution (respectively).

NAV-3D also was to offer a library of full length downloadable 3-D movies directly on their website, making it easy for their customers to build their own 3-D movie collection.

Pricing and Availability
The NAV3D6 Glasses Free 3-D Digital Media Player were priced at $199, and the NAV3D8 and NAV3D8B both priced at $299. The NAV3DCAM-10 was priced at $199, the NAV3DCAM-11 at $299, and the NAV3DCAM-12 at $399.

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The NAV-3D Facebook has was last updated in November 2012. In January 2013, NAV-3D announed it was partnering with WYNIT Distribution LLC to introduce a new line of glasses-free 3-D digital media players, cameras and camcorders at CES 2013

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Auction Results

Underwood metal stereoscope

An Underwood and Underwood metal stereoscope sold for $405 with 13 bids. It is made of white metal with glass lenses. When all the spring loaded parts are folded and compacted together it measures 1 1/8" deep x 3 1/2" x 6 1/4". To open the viewer, you raise the handle up that hooks over a metal button, then slide the folded sides outward, which lets the side panels and upper and lower shields you put your head against flip up to expose the lenses, then you extend the hinged expandable flat bars, and pull out the sides out to hold stereoviews. It is approx. 12" when fully expanded. It is stamped Underwood & Underwood New York, Patent Applied For on front of metal bar that holds the stereoviews.

A Whiting's Sculptoscope 1 cent coin operated stereoscope sold for $995 with one bid. It is in excellent working condition. It had its original paint and glass top and sides and was in working condition. It has its key to access the stereocards. The sale included approximately 90 stereoviews in six groupings.

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