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Stereoscopic Memorabilia Auction in Melbourne

Black Saturday bush fires burnt a lot of real estate across Narbethong, Victoria, Australia with a rarely seen ferocity but managed somehow to leave Geoffrey Walker's unique collection of vintage curios intact. Geoffrey Walker, who died with his parents in the fire was gathering historical photographs, books and coins, as well as a number of stereoscopic 3D postcards of Australian and foreign scenes that were popular around the turn of the 20th century. The collection is estimated over 10,000 AUS$.

 The collection will be auctioned in Melbourne today Thursday April 18, 2013. 

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92,000$ for the Left View of a Stereoscopic Pair, Really?

Jason LeBlanc arrived at the Saco River Auction Co. (Biddeforrd, ME, USA) on Wednesday February 6, 2013 to buy a baseball card for his sick 4-year-old son.

He ended paying $92,000 for an 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics card, maybe one of the very first baseball cards in the world... This 1865 card of the Brooklyn Atlantics baseball team was found by a picker in Baileyville. It appears that the collector's item is not truly a one-of-a-kind treasure as a very similar card is in the Library of Congress. Each card is printed from a different negative, but the two images could be viewed together through a stereoscopic viewer, creating the illusion of three-dimensional depth from two two-dimensional images. Any chance to reunite them for a good stereoscopic 3D view?

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"Creature from the Black Lagoon" re-released in Full 3D

"Creature from the Black Lagoon" ("L'étrange créature du lac noir" in French) by Jack Arnold was released in 1954 in black and white stereoscopic 3D polarized format, then re-released in an inferior red/cyan anaglyph format in 1981 in cinemas and on VHS tape.

A digitally restored version of the original 1954 version is now re-re-released in full digital stereoscopic 3D thanks to Carlotta Film. It is visible from November 7, 2012 in selected movie theatres in France (79 minutes).

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The great War in 3D, a Work in Progress

Phil Brown (a.k.a. 3DPhil) is a freelance stereographer from Wolverhampton, UK with a lot of ongoing stereoscopic 3D projects. One of his more personal ones is the restoration of a huge (400+) collection of 'stereograph cards' about the 1914-1918 World War.

Painfully restored one by one after high-resolution digital scan, the images are then pan-and-scan animated and assembled in a documentary that will last 45 minutes when completed. "The great War in 3D" movie should be released -if everythinkg goes according to plan- for the 100th WW1 anniversary in 2014.

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1924 Phantom of the Opera online in 3D

Carl Hernz is announcing that the 3D restoration work on the silent classic THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is now online for free public viewing as a work-in-progress cut. It will run from today through November 30, 2012.

A man living in Pensacola, Florida has discovered and reassembled what may have been Hollywood’s first attempt at a 3D movie. After having been announced to the world’s top 3D specialists at this year’s Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference held in January 2012 in San Francisco, CA, the silent film, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (starring Lon Chaney in the iconic role) can now be freely viewed on the Internet as originally captured on film almost a century ago, with many of its scenes restored in full stereoscopic 3D and put online in anaglyph format for anyone who owns a pair of red/cyan 3D glasses.

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