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Sunday, May 7, 2017

1950's Lenticular

Matthew 14:22-37: "And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid."

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1950's: 3D Lenticular prints were very popular in the 1950's. Here we see a famous one of Jesus walking on the water. Modeling artists would build and paint dioramas (little scenes), then the scenes would be photographed with stereo cameras. These cameras would capture one image for the right eye, and another image for the left eye. A special lenticular lens would be placed upon the print. This lens would send the right eye photograph to the right eye, and the left eye photograph to the left eye. Thus, the person would then see the diorama in total 3D again. These lenticulars of Jesus and his life would be found in many different types of stores back then. Not so today. This piece from the 1950's is in the Wonders of the Bible collection.

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