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Country Music View-Master®

View-Master® released several 3-D packets featuring country music and country music stars over the years. Some of these are quite hard to find.

Branson, Missouri

The Branson, Missouri blister card features performers Kenny Rogers and Jim Stafford and Hee Haw Honies Becky and Lindy Norris in 3-D photos. Lindy also appeard on ABC TV's The Bachelor show. Packet number 5469 was released in 1996. The packet was originally sold in several Branson theatres and then pulled from shelves to be sold exclusively online. Only 2,500 of these packets were made and it is still available for purchase today.

Reel 1
Kenny Rogers
Jim Stafford Theatre
The Grand Palace
Inside Marvel Cave's majestic Cathedral Room
Baldknobbers Hillbilly Jamboree
Dance Hall fun at the Silver Dollar City Saloon
Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre

Reel 2
Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Music Theatre
Downtown Branson
Shenandoah South Theatre
White Water with wet and wild family fun
Becky and Lindy, The Norris Twins
Old fashioned dinner at Silver Dollar City

Reel 3
Branson's famous "76 Country Boulevard" and White Water slide
One of Branson's magnificent theatres on 76 Country Boulevard
Jim Staffod
Cristy Lane Theatre
Mutton Hollow Entertainment Park and Craft Village
Silver Dollar City Lost River Ride
Branson Scenic Railway

Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country-music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, which has presented the biggest stars of that genre. Founded on Nov, 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM Radio. The 1977 packet is number H83 and came with a 16-page booklet.

Reel 1
Opryland Marquee
Grand Ole Opry House Entrance
Opry House Plaza Area
Grand Ole Opry House - Twilight
Seating area in the Opry House
View from stage left

Reel 2
Roy Acuff
Charlie Louvin
Skeeter Davis
Lester Flatt and Friends
Teddy and Doyle Wilburn
Charlie Walker
Stonewall Jackson

Reel 3
Wilma Lee and Carrol Cooper
Porter Wagoner
Connie Smith backstage
Brother Oswald and Charlie Collins
Roy Acuff Museum
The Ryman Auditorium
Stage of the Ryman Auditorium

Opryland Packet No. 1

Opryland packet art

Technically an amusement park packet, Opryland is the home of the Grand Ole Opry house. Two packets were produced for Opryland visitors to purchase as souvenirs.

Opryland Packet No. 2

Opryland packet art

Opryland is a now defunct theme park that was in operation from 1972 to 1997 located in Nashville, Tennessee. The park featured rides, american music shows and the Grand Ole Opry.

Cowboy Stars

Cowboy Stars cover art

Cowboy Stars cover art

Cowboy Stars, packet CBPX, is technically a TV shows packet but it features singer Gene Autry, famous for many country western songs. Autry was the original singer of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Cowboy Star Adventures

Cowboy Star Adventures  packet cover art

Cowboy Star Adventures, packet CBPX2, is technically a TV shows packet but it features country western singers Roy Rogers and Gene Autry.

Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers Adventure Roundup
Roy Rogers King of the Cowboys

Country western singer Roy Rogers had several packet titles issued by View-Master

Dale Evans Queen of the West

Dale Evans Queen of the West packet cover art

Country western singer and movie star Dale Evans had many hits with husband Roy Rogers.

Graceland - Elvis Presley

Graceland blister pack cover art

Although it does not feature 3-D images of Elvis, the King of Rock 'n Roll is pictured on the cover art for the Graceland 3-reel set sold as a tourist souvenir at Elvis' home following his death. In his later years, Elvis' songs mostly were hits on the country music charts. In fact, the single Moody Blue was #1 on the country music charts the week that Elvis died.

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3-D Space Starts Crowd Funding Campaign to Restore El Corazón y la Espada, the 1st Mexican 3-D Film

El Corazon 3-D poster art

In 2016, nonprofit 3-D Space and The 3-D Film Archive, with the help of over 300 Kickstarter backers, successfully rescued and restored the 3-D feature film September Storm. They are teaming up again starting with a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign and need your help to save another "lost" 3-D movie!

In preparing materials for the upcoming 3-D Rarities Vol. II Blu-Ray release from Flicker Alley, The 3-D Film Archive has been given the opportunity to include the rarely seen 1954 feature motion picture El Corazón y la Espada, historically notable as the first 3-D movie produced in Mexico. Starring Cesar Romero (The Thin Man; Captain From Castile; Batman) and Katy Jurado (High Noon; Broken Lance), the film is a period costume drama full of action, intrigue, and romance.

El Corazón y la Espada was filmed in 1953, during the peak of the 3-D movie craze, and was released in the red/blue anaglyph format in Mexican theaters in January 1954, followed by a limited 3-D release to Spanish language theatres in the U.S. beginning in February 1954. Two years later, a 2-D English language version was released in the U.S., retitled Sword Of Granada. The Spanish 3-D version was last screened in 1955 and the flat English version only aired sporadically on TV. After 1975, it disappeared entirely.

The original 3-D left and right camera negatives have been located, but are in rough shape and have been deteriorating, so will need a lot of work to make the film watchable again. With your support, The 3-D Film Archive will be able to:

  • Produce new 4K scans from the original camera negatives
  • Perform frame-by-frame restoration, stereoscopic alignment, dirt removal, and scratch cleanup
  • License the English audio track from Sword Of Granada, and create English sub-titles
  • Include the entire feature film (for the first time ever in discreet left and right 3-D) with commentary on the 3-D Rarities Vol. II Blu-Ray

Backers who order the Blu-ray through this campaign will receive the complete 3-D Rarities Vol. II including this feature film, all of the additional 3-D shorts, still images, and other bonus extras that will be a part of this Blu-ray collection.

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Saddy Stereoview Consignment Auctions Next 3-D Auction is June 27 and 28, 2019

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, June 27 with lots 1 through 444 and Friday, June 28 with lots 445 through 866.

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

After the sale, contact John if you are interested in any of the items that received no bids.

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

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Auction Results

Photo-Scope viewer and Sight-Seer Reels

An Aussie Photo-Scope viewer and Sight-Seer reels sold for $152.09 with 37 bids.

Poker California stereoview

An 1860s Muybridge #$863 mining camp stereoview sold for $315. The image shows a game in Poker, California.

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