January 2020

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Jivaro 3-D Blu-Ray Available from Kino Lorber

Jivaro poster art.

Kino Lorber has released Jivaro on 3-D Blu-ray, and it is another splendid 3-D film restoration in conjuction with the 3-D Film Archive. Jivaro, starring Fernando Lamas, Rhonda Fleming and Lon Chaney Jr. joins the ranks of golden era 3-D films being saved by the two companies and put on 3-D Blu-ray for those who love and collect 3-D films. The film is restored in glorious Technicolor and HD from 4K of the original camera negative and 2K scans of the interpositive.

In addition to the 3-D presentation there are several extras on the Blu-ray disk. Special features include:

  • Audio commentary with Mike Ballew, Hillary Hess, Greg Kintz and Jack Theakston
  • Jivaro: A Shot by Shot Stereoscopic Analysis
  • Theatrical Trailer


At Rio Galdez's remote Brazilian trading post live assorted outcast Americans and Europeans, including Jerry Russell, ex-engineer who became obsessed with the Jivaro headhunters' treasure, quit his job, and took up with the bottle and local girl Maroa. But he still gets letters from his fiancée in California, and unexpectedly the shapely, glamorous Alice Parker arrives, expecting to marry a rich planter. Disillusioned, Alice is almost ready to fall into Rio's arms when news comes that the alcoholic Jerry is missing in Jivaro country after starting his quest for gold.

Order Jivaro from Kino Lorber's website.

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Saddy Stereoview Consignment Auctions Next 3-D Auction is Jan. 30 and 31, 2020

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, Jan. 30 with lots 1 through 412 and Friday, Jan. 31 with lots 413 through 826.

The auction items are listed and all lots are scanned on John's Web site 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 Web site to find out about subscribing to the catalog. Jefferson Stereoptics is located in London Ontario, Canada.

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View-Master® Christmas Ornaments

Quite a few ornaments resembling View-Master® viewers have been produced in case you want to have an all View-Master® Christmas tree. Here are some we found from holidays past. There are several varient colors and designs by the manufacturer of some of the ornaments. To our knowledge, the Hallmark Keepsake ornament is the only licensed version.

Hallmark View-Master Christmas Ornament box art.

2008 Hallmark Keepsake View-Master®

Trim A Home View-Master ornament in the original box.

Trim A Home View-Master®

Bear Family View-Master Christmas ornament.

Bear Family View-Master® with round lens

View-Master Christmas Ornamentt

Bear Family View-Master® with square lens

View-Master Christmas Ornamentt

Pick Up and Look View-Master® Red Front

View-Master Christmas Ornamentt

Pick Up and Look View-Master® Red Back

View-Master Christmas Ornamentt

Pick Up and Look View-Master® Green Front

View-Master Christmas Ornamentt

Pick Up and Look View-Master® Green Back

Pick Up and Look View-Master® Purple Front

View-Master Christmas Ornamentt

KSA Inc. View-Master® Made in China

View-Master Christmas Ornamentt

Eyeball View-Master®

View-Master Christmas Ornamentt

Glass View-Master® Front View-Master Christmas Ornamentt

Glass View-Master® Back

Lilo and Stitch Pleakley View-Master®

The Christmas ornament was inpsired by the movie Lilo & Stitch in which Pleakley uses a View-Master® viewer to show scenes of Earth. The running joke was that Pleakley cannot see in 3-D because he is a one eyed alien.

Disney Pleakley View-Master® Pin

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Piranha 3DD Piranha Fish Prop and other Movie Props Offered by The Prop Store

Piranha prop

This is a hero radio controlled piranha fish prop from the 2012 horror sequel, Piranha 3DD. The item is being offered for sale along with many other Piranha 3DD props by the Prop Store. This style fish was used throughout the film's climatic ending for scenes where the fish are shown dying out of the water poolside after being shot up in the air during the explosion sequence.

Crafted out of silicone, this item features a highly detailed, scale painted exterior on the top side; with a gradating blue, green and yellow color scheme, as well as red accents around the gills and fins. The underside was not as detailed as this is where the battery controls are present.

This particular fish has an interior on/off switch that was used in conjunction with a remote control (not included) to make the fish flop around on its' own so it appears dying for the production. This item also features a pair of yellow eyes and an open mouth filled with pointy silicone teeth. The fish measures approximately 21" x 10" (53cm x 25cm), and displays some light wear from production use (see photos) but overall remains in good condition. The electronics on this piece have not been tested.

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National Gallery of Art's "Century of Lunar Photography" Explored the Moon

By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs, an exhibition of the lunar photos from the infancy of photography up to the human-crewed moon landing, is set to close after its final weekend on Jan. 5 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

The exhibit contains stereoscopy albumen photographs dating back to 1860. Stereoscopes were an early form of 3-D photography that works much like the View-Master® toys, which have entertained children for 80 years. The vividness of old albumen images is stupendous. In many ways, these images, as well as those by Charles Le Morvan and his “Carte photographique et systematique de la lune” (Photographic and Systematic Chart of the Moon), are very similar to more recent Earth-based photographs of the moon.

Indeed, the moon as an object of early photography had much to recommend it: it is a bright object lit directly by the sun, it is more or less monochrome, and it is slow-moving. All aspects were highly favorable to early photography, with its necessity of light, its black-and-white medium, and the need for relatively long film exposure times.

As technology – in this case, especially space technology – allowed humans to get physically closer to the moon, more details would surface, such as images taken during the unmanned Ranger space missions of the mid-1960s. Moon rocks and the crusted lunar surface could be analyzed in greater detail, which would lead to the fleshing out of plans for successful lunar landings by humans. Finally, we see the iconic photo of Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and the U.S. flag planted on the moon, taken by Neil Armstrong.

The exhibition also includes photographs of human reactions, such as the awe of individuals watching the lunar landing on television in the front yard of Armstrong’s father’s house. Also displayed were women in Hawaiian leis greeting the 1969 three-person Apollo crew as heroes after they were returning home from their mission.

While very interesting, the exhibition is on the small side as the focus is primarily on the pictures themselves. Perhaps a bit more attention might have been paid to the influence of the moon’s image – and imagery – on human culture. By the Light of the Silvery Moon,for instance, a popular song from by 1909, was inspired by the moon’s imagery suggestive of romance. “Your silvery beams will bring love dreams,” read the lyrics which waxes sentimental on the waxing moon. A popular Doris Day film of 1953 featured the music as well.

On the other side of the cultural spectrum, the moon has also been associated with coldness – for example, by the moon goddess Diana in classical literature. “Chaste, stern, and fierce Diana,” the Roman poet Ovid called her. Indeed, a few halls down from the “Silvery Moon” exhibition is a unique Art Deco-style bronze sculpture “Diana and a Hound,” executed in 1925 by the American artist Paul Manship. In this reviewer’s mind, the linking of the two exhibitions in some way would enrich both.

Similarly, the exhibition starts with an introductory commentary that “fascination with the Moon endured into the 20th century, inhabiting the popular imagination through science fiction literature and films.” Nonetheless, no mention is made of how moon photography influenced or was influenced by, works such as Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902), Fritz Lang’s Woman in the Moon (1929), Josef von Báky’s Münchhausen (1943) or Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Inevitably the visual images of these cinematic presentations of the moon were significantly influenced by moon photography and, in turn, changed the public perception of the moon’s surface.

The National Gallery of Art’s exhibition By the Light of the Silvery Moon certainly addresses several interesting aspects of moon photography, and how accurate early images could be, even by today’s standards. The exhibition is also to be congratulated on showing some human reactions to the moon landing through photos.

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Mission Moon 3-D: Reliving the Great Space Race by David J. Eicher and Brian May

Mission Moon 3-D book cover art.

In 1961, John F. Kennedy surprised the world with his declaration that America would land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth before the end of the decade. In 1969, this seemingly impossible goal was achieved as Neil Armstrong uttered his immortal line: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for Mankind."

The book Mission Moon 3-D: Reliving the Great Space Race celebrates not only 50 years since the first human steps on the Moon, but the achievements of the all Soviet and American heroes who risked and sometimes lost their lives in the race to the Moon.

The race began with Sputnik 1 in 1957, and it was the Soviet Union that stole the limelight during the first few years of the 1960s, as they achieved not only the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, but the first woman, Valentina Tereshkova, and then the first spacewalk, performed by Alexei Leonov in 1965. Then, as a series of Apollo successes took the lead in the race, the Soviet manned Moon program slowed and ceased altogether. The Apollo program continued as far as Apollo 17, but ultimately was itself wound down.

The early 1970s saw a period of burgeoning collaboration between East and West with the evolution of space stations, and this continues today with the extraordinary success of the International Space Station.

Mission Moon 3-D not only sees David J. Eicher and Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May creating a stunningly illustrated book in their field of expertise and passion, but amazingly it includes contributions from Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke, and Jim Lovell, immortalised as the Commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission.

The book features spectacular unseen 3-D images carefully constructed from the astronauts own photographs by Brian May, and the book includes a free viewer designed by Brian. As Charlie Duke says in his Foreword: "The three-dimensional views of the lunar surface that Brian and his team have created are amazing, and give a good approximation of what it's like to really be there."

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Mission Moon 3-D: A New Perspective on the Space Race by David J. Eicher and Brian May

The story of the lunar landing and the events that led up to it, told in text and visually stunning 3-D images.

Mission Moon 3-D cover art.

July 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's epochal lunar landing, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon. This visually rich book offers a new perspective on that historic accomplishment, telling the story of the lunar landing and the events that led up to it with text and 3-D images. A 3-D viewer, designed by astrophysicist (and lead guitarist with the rock group Queen) Brian May is included with the book.

Mission Moon 3-D: A New Perspective on the Space Race offers unique access to the Apollo astronauts and what they saw. It tells the story of the US-Soviet space race, from Sputnik and the space dog Laika to Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy declared that America would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong guided the Eagle to a safe landing on the edge of the moon's Sea of Tranquility. President Richard Nixon told the astronauts, and the nation, that it was “the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation.” Mission Moon 3-D: A New Perspective on the Space Race recounts all this and more in memorable and visually stunning fashion.

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Moon 3-D by Jim Bell

Moon 3-D book cover art.

The journey to other worlds continues! Following the release of Mars 3-D comes a stunning three-dimensional tour of our celestial neighbor. Astronomer Jim Bell flies readers to the Moon, just in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s famous first steps on the lunar surface.

After a series of brief essays explaining the history and future of lunar exploration, the volume launches into a spectacular showcase of the best 3-D images available, taken by both robotic and human exploration missions; the pictures shot by the Apollo astronauts on their Moon walk receive special attention. In addition, an artistic selection of non-3-D photos appears throughout, along with conceptual designs for future moon-based adventures.

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Mars 3-D: A Rover's Eye View of the Red Planet by Jim Bell

Mars 3-D book cover art.

What would it be like to visit Mars...to explore the distinctive, untouched terrain that inspired astronomers and stirred so many sci-fi writers’ imaginations? Two highly capable robotic geologists, Spirit and Opportunity, made that amazing voyage, and spent the years roaming the Red Planet’s unique landscape.

Thanks to 120 stunning 3-D and color images shot by these rovers, we can come along and it’s the closest we can get to actually setting foot on Mars. These super-realistic pictures pop off the page, allowing us to see for ourselves the rocks, craters, valleys, and other geologic configurations that define the Martian terrain.

Compelling and accessible text guides us on this exhilarating tour, revealing the thrill of each discovery, along with the perils and near misses. Featuring a fold-out flap with embedded 3-D viewer, which actually allows customers to view the three-dimensional images.

"Jim Bell takes us on an extraordinary journey across often mysterious, sometimes perilous, and always fascinating Martian terrain. A must-read for anyone who's ever dreamed of exploring the Red Planet."
--Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut

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Mars 3-D Revised and Expanded Edition by Jim Bell

Mars 3-D Revised and Expanded Edition book cover art.

Planetary scientist Jim Bell leads us on another exhilarating tour of the Red Planet, and this revised, expanded edition of Mars 3-D includes the latest images from NASA's revolutionary Mars Science Laboratory mission.

Brief essays survey the advanced technologies and promising discoveries of the Mars exploration rover program, followed by 150 spectacular full-color and 3-D photos. More than 30 brand-new pictures taken over the past five years reveal the rocks, craters, valleys, and other geologic configurations that define the Martian terrain, while captions explain the various conclusions scientists have drawn about the planet's geological composition.

Bell has first-hand experience with both rover missions, and his considerable expertise provides astronomy buffs with a cutting-edge look at this always-intriguing planet. Anaglyphic 3-D glasses are included.

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Mars Your Personal 3-D Journey to the Red Planet by Antonio Paris

Mars Your Personal 3-D Journey to the Red Planet book cover art.

The book Mars Your Personal 3-D Journey to the Red Planet has been rated as one of the top astronomy books of all time! Through the eyes of Curiosity, Opportunity, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, this book will introduce you to the geology of Mars and the recent groundbreaking achievements in the exploration of the Red Planet. The book includes anaglyphic 3-D glasses.

Our rovers and spacecraft have served as an extension of the human eye, enabling us to explore a far distant world, where no human being has yet walked. Although most of us will never visit Mars, consider this book as your personal journey to the Red Planet.

Author Antonio Paris is the Chief Scientist at the Center for Planetary Science, an Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at St. Petersburg College, FL and a graduate of the NASA Mars Education Program at the Mars Space Flight Center, Arizona State University. Additionally, he is a member of the American Astronomical Society and the Washington Academy of Sciences.

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Auction Results

Muybridge stereoview.

A Muybridge stereoview of a Chinese restaurant and cigar store sold for $796.78 with five bids.

Muybridge Tutokanula stereoview.

An 1860s Muybridge Yosemite Valley, California stereoview sold for $698 with three bids. The stereoview is titled Reflection of Tutokanula in The Merced.

Whale skeleton stereoview.

An 1860s stereoview of a whale skeleton sold for $821 with 31 bids. The skeleton was photographed in a garden in Paris, France.

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