Gutenberg Press: I had someone make a custom Gutenberg press for my
presentations. It had to be (1) tabletop, (2) portable, and (3) a
completely working printing press (at a fraction of the size). Jack the
cat is helping me to print Genesis 1:1-5 -- "In the beginning, God
created the heaven and the earth ..." With my next exhibit and
presentation, people will be able to print their own copies right from
the printing press ... just as Gutenberg did way back in 1452, creating what is now known as the Gutenberg Bible.
Here is, from what I can tell, the smallest rendition of the Ten Commandments. It is yet another great microphotograph from John Benjamin Dancer in the 1800's. The label that you see on the right-hand side of the slide is actually the merchant (Stanley Optician at London Bridge). The notation on the left-hand label, J.B.D., is the initials for Dancer.
I'm not 100% certain that this still *remains* the smallest 10 commandments in the world today. But I do know that it was the Lord's Prayer that was most often used as a reference standard for miniaturization.
In any case, it is certainly a beautiful illuminated example ... especially for being so minute!
"Textus Receptus": Title Page to REVELATION. Stephanus is most famous
for his printing of religious texts such as his four editions of the
Greek New Testament, 1546, 1549, 1550, 1551. Wonders of the Bible
Collection. God Bless You Today and Every Day -- AND -- Remember to
always love others, just as Jesus Christ Loves YOU...
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.
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
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".
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!
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".
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.
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
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
DeFreitas is a collector of microscopic and nano-scale Biblical scripture and art. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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".