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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Injury Has Me Temp Sidelined


A recently fractured thumb has me temporarily side-lined. Waiting to find out about surgical repair. Hard to do phtography and typing at present. Will be back in the saddle soon.

"Our Father" Chromolith


Chromolith post card from late 19th / early 20th century.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

1865 Notre Dame Stereograph

1865 Albumen / Tissue stereograph of the Norte Dame Cathedral in Paris, France (left eye view). Stay tuned for the JUNE 2019 lecture / web page (now in place): "1800's Stereographs Reveal Early U.S. Christian Life in 3-D".

While most of the stereo view cards of the late 19th / early 20th century had typical "popular" culture content, there existed a small coterie of stereo photographs that went around and documented Christian living.

It is my collection of these specific stereographs that sets it apart from the rest ... including those collections held by academic institutions.

My impression is that they were passed over as a "novelty" ... and not taken as seriosuly as more traditional photographs of the period. That is a shame because, when comparing 2D photos to 3D stereographs, the stereographs just come to life.

However, the lack of interest helped me over the years, because it made them less sought after ... and, therefore, less expensive to own.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

1898 Shroud of Turin Exhibition Medallion

Gold (plated) medallion from the Shroud of Turin exhibition of the year 1898. This was the famous exhibition that produced the first photographs of the Shroud, taken by Secondo Pia. Wonders of the Bible collection. May God Bless You ... Today ... and Every Day!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mater Dolorosa Post Card

Mater Dolorosa. Beautiful 19th century chromolithography post card. May God Bless You Today and Every Day!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Religious Freedom in America Postage Stamp


YEAR 1957: "Religious Freedom in America" postage stamp. First day of issue envelope with stamps. Wonders of the Bible collection. Category: Ephemera. God Bless You Today and Every Day!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Holy Bible on 1754 Colonial Currency


This bill is one of 4,000 pieces of paper currency released on March 9, 1754. Authorized by the colony of North Carolina.  The bill includes the image of the Holy Bible in the form of what appears to be a woodcut.  It is estimated that less than 500 of these bills survive today.

I took this bill with me to my last presentation and was pleasantly surprised at fascinated attendees were seeing it. I also had Biblical-based coins as well ... mixed in with my usual 3D laser holograms, microscopic scripture, lenticulars, and various other "Wonders of the Bible".

Friday, May 3, 2019

"Our Father..."


"Our Father..."  Late 19th / early 20th century embossed gilded post card. This is the first in a series that depicted the Lord's Prayer, verse-by-verse.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Micro Lord's Prayer Put Man on the Moon




Lecture Podcast:
Micro Lord's Prayer Put Man on the Moon


Friday, April 19, 2019

May 2019 Podcast: Lord's Prayer and the Moon Landing


UPCOMING MAY 2019 PODCAST: "How the Lord's Prayer Put A Man on the Moon". My upcoming topic for May will be how 19th century microphotography (and the Lord's Prayer in particular) led *directly* to the computers that landed a man on the moon. It is a story that has never been told before, so stay tuned, right here at Wonders of the Bible … God Bless You Today and Every Day!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Working on my home studio



Hello dear friends. Please excuse me for my recent lack of posting. I am working on completing my home studio. Since I am no longer at my lifelong studio, I must start from the beginning at my retirement residence. I am also having fun working with 1950's and 1960's electron tubes (valves). You see, my microphone (Telefunken) and microphone preamplifier both require tubes. So I am experimenting with different combinations to get just the right sound. What is the right sound? Well, for me, the right sound is to sound better than all the rest! It has been a very time-consuming process.

I even have medical-grade power supplies feeding clean electricity into my recording equipment.

But I do appreciate your patience, in hopes that the end-result will be a pleasure for you to listen to.

For many of you who may not be aware, I was the host of the online radio show HoloTalk beginning back in the mid 1990's ... long before the word "podcast" was ever thought of. A lot has changed since then, most of all the ability to record and offer high quality audio online. Back in the day, I had to deal with 14.4 dial-up modems!

If you are interested in keeping up to date with monthly programming, you can find the lecture web page HERE.

The April program is on "80 Years of Christian View-Master". And the upcoming May program will most likely be on the "3-D Image in the Shroud of Turin".

Saturday, March 30, 2019

80 Years of Christian View-Master




Lecture:
80 Years of Christian View-Master



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Friday, March 22, 2019

Join Us for our April 2019 Lecture

April is just around the corner, and it will be time for the latest in my 2019 lecture series. My topic will be the history of Christian View-Master. I hope that you will visit us here on the blog, or over at our Wonders of the Bible web site. Either way, I look forward to presenting another program in the series. Stay tuned and may God Bless You Today ... and Every Day. -- Frank (and Debi) DeFreitas.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Upcoming April 2019 Podcast



 It is not too early to let my online friends know about the upcoming April 2019 podcast. The content will be "View-Master: The Bible in 3D". I will be taking a look at how the world-famous View-Master stereoscope brought Christian-based content into our homes, schools and churches in the 20th century. I'll also share very rare, one of a kind, View-Master items such as original scripts; studio photography (4x5 Kodachrome shown above of "The Birth of Jesus"); production studio art work; various ephemera; and more. I've got a very special Christian program in the works for all of you in April! Stay tuned! May God Bless You Today -- And Every Day! -- Frank DeFreitas


Friday, March 1, 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019

Darwinism and the Rewriting of Genesis


A 144-year-old piece of microfilm shows how Biblical Creation in Genesis would be rewritten, and replaced, if 19th century Darwinian evolutionists had their way at the time.

The microfilm is so small, that it requires a laboratory microscope to read it. "It is about the size of a single snowflake," says Frank DeFreitas, a retired laser holographer.

DeFreitas is a collector of microscopic and nano-scale Biblical scripture and art. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The microfilm was acquired by DeFreitas through a microscopical broker located in the United Kingdom. The U.K. is the 19th century birthplace of Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution.

Properly termed microphotography, it was developed in the United Kingdom by microscopist John Benjamin Dancer in the mid- 1800s. It was the highest level of imaging science and technology of its day. It would eventually lead to 20th century micro computer circuits that would send satellites into space, and take mankind to the moon and beyond.

DeFreitas says that he believes that it was used by its maker, a Mr. Edward Wheeler, as a curiosity during his lecture circuit. "Wheeler was a very successful manufacturer of high-end brass microscopes in the 19th century. His passion was lecturing, and he was very well known in England at the time."

Evolution was a hot topic during the time period of the microfilm. Especially well-attended debates between evolutionists and Biblical Creationists.

"I am a Biblical Creationist according to the exact record of the first book of Moses, Genesis." says DeFreitas categorically. "I believe that this piece of microfilm provides hard, indisputable physical evidence of an intention to undermine the creation account of the Holy Bible ... or why would it have ever been written in the first place?"

February 12, 2019 will be celebrated as Charles Darwin Day around the world.

DeFreitas has created a McAfee secure Genesis-Darwin Microfilm Web Page that contains photos taken through his microscope, and a full transcription of the microfilm content.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Mother and Child Prayer Stereograph 1800's

Proverbs 22:6 --- "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." As we see here in this stereograph from the 1800's. God Bless You -- Today and Every Day.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Cooper Square Gutenberg Bible: Revelation

GUTENBERG BIBLE: This title page from the Book of Revelation (apocalypse), was printed by Cooper Square Publishers of New York, NY. The Gutenberg Bible project was started in the year 1956, and completed in the year 1961. They duplicated all of Johann Gutenberg's processes, and the results were facsimiles exact to the original … from the inks to the cotton rag paper. Sources for this edition were Gutenberg Bibles from the Berlin Staatsbibliothek and the Fulda Landesbibliothek. I usually display this page along with the title page to Genesis. The Gutenberg Bible was printed between the years 1450 and 1455. There are only 20 known complete copies in the world today. God Bless You -- Today and Every Day! *AND* Remember to love others, just as Jesus Christ loves YOU!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Rembrandt: Christ Clearing the Temple

Matthew 21:12-13 / "And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." / Here is a beautiful copper plate etching by the world-famous artist Rembrandt in year 1635. It is a 19th century re strike, made for the Louvre in Paris by etcher Amand Durand with his red stamp on reverse. 136 x 168 mm (image/plate); 139 x 174 mm (sheet). From the Wonders of the Bible collection. God Bless You -- Today and Every Day in 2019!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

1 Thessalonians 5:17 and Space Flight

One is not likely to find many references to space flight trajectories when reading commentary on 1 Thessalonians 5:17: the famous "Pray without ceasing" verse given by Paul. With frequent prayer we have the ability to make the same micro trajectory adjustments in life as spacecraft does on a mission. Read my very first monthly commentary, January 2019: "1 Thessalonians 5:17 and Space Flight".