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Pre-Avatar: 1982

Pre-Avatar: 1982

A friend of mine and I "enjoy" 3-D on television in 1982, when there was a boomlet of local stations showing 3-D films such as "Creature from the Black Lagoon" using the anaglyph method, which used red and blue lenses to separate the images rather than the polarized system originally used in the theaters thirty years earlier. I say "enjoy" because the effect was problematic. If you had your color adjusted correctly it was possible to get a moderate dimensional effect out of the blur. With my never-rectified amblyopia, I could get it mostly when things were flying at the camera.

We're watching it on my Advent VideoBeam, no longer in the basement of my folks' house, but in my new digs in Petaluma. Fans of the yellow lamp will notice that it's already starting to deteriorate, the hinge holding the middle shade being secured with duct tape. Another indication of the absence of parental caregiving is the burst cushion of my red chair. Other necessary video room adjuncts visible are Ritz Crackers, a TV Guide (is that Farrah Fawcett?) and shelves full of Betamax tapes. Oh, and under my chair a metal file box storing my card catalog of said tapes. The blue binder contains a hand-typed list of just the cartoons. Computerization of the collection was still four years in the future.

Scanned from a print from a friend's 110 camera. View full size.

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3D memories

Thanx for all the pictures you shared with us! I am truly amazed to find out how many similarities there are between your life and mine. There is so much I recognize! I imagine could seamlessly fit in at your place. I guess you are my long lost cousin.

I was born in 1946, love comics, film, hifi (I was the proud owner of a Nakamichi portable cassette recorder, two superb Calrec mikes), developed double 8 films, printed my own photos, liked to project nice 3D slides made by my brother, but could never enjoy the full impact of it.

Never-corrected amblyopia, you could guess it. My right eye decided not to be involved the way I liked it. The stupid thing dimmed down a lot, the center of the image disappeared, some double vision is the outcome.

Do you remember the Nimslo 3D camera? I could only see depth in the prints when I wiggled the print somewhat.
But strangely enough: Watching a recent 3D movie about sealife, I suddenly found a fish swimming in front of my nose, and a ball flying towards me in a 3D TV promotion film gave me a similar lifelike experience. I never expected that to happen.

Did you ever see some recent 3D stuff lately? How was that for you?

Too popular!

This post is in the Top 10 today. Bringing Shorpy's lil ol' server to its knees. Tterrace on Digg.

Televisión en tres dimensiones

tterrace is now rocking up the charts en Espanol:

Staches never go out of style!

Whether it's the 1880s or 1980s, a mustache is always in style on Shorpy, as far as I'm concerned.

It's truly a lost art!


I think that's the year they showed "Gorilla at Large" on network TV. That's the one I remember. It was kind of a big deal.

The Mask

Years ago I saw the horror film "The Mask" in 3D here in Tallahassee. The glasses were available only through a local convenience store. The Pogo figures are great, but not very rare, they turn up on eBay all the time.


I think I still have a few pairs of 3D glasses from that 1980s revival. As I recall, they were given away at 7-11 and other retailers. If they're still around, they're tucked away in various 3D comics and magazines.

A few weeks back I was visiting my parents in Florida. Spent a lot of time at thrift stores. My dad was thrilled to find a videotape of "Sons of the Desert."

Got it home and discovered that it was Beta. My father was truly bummed. To rub it in, the teenage clerk at Blockbuster had never heard of Laurel & Hardy.

tterrace talks

Addressing the various issues in order received: I had a working Betamax up until a couple weeks ago. I hope to get it working again. I'm glad to hear about Hodag, but the figurine is the Mexican one below, a since broken and patched together gift from my brother. Thanks to Shorpy I now know that "porn 'stache" is an officially-recognized designation. Pogo figurines are rubbery things, originally given away with Procter & Gamble products in 1969 as a tie-in for their sponsorship of the Chuck Jones-animated "Pogo's Special Birthday Special." I later managed to complete the collection of 6 characters.

Re: Funny but ...

I will fight (figuratively) for the right to view tterrace photos (occasionally) until my death (eventually, in 40 or 50 years). Or at least as long as Dave allows.

Funny but ...

I admit that when 1960s era photos starting popping up I was a little disappointed...Now the 80s? Isn't there other websites for photos like this? It's like Shorpy has gone down a notch.

[Weekend posts by tterrace have been a beloved Shorpy tradition since before you were even BORN. Now plop back down on that beanbag and enjoy the rest of the movie. - Dave]

That light

What is the red flare on the left -- Lighted camera strap? Ectoplasm? Light leak (most likely)?

Rare Pogo Figurines

My eye was first caught by the Mickey figure on the top shelf, but then I noticed in the fullsized view the figures of Albert, Porkypine, Howland and Churchy. Those must be rare!

Stiff upper lips

Nothing says "Eighties" like a porn 'stache!

Deepest Sympathy

I'm saddened to learn that tterrace is yet another victim of never rectified amblyopia.

Timely desktop image in 3D!

I've made this my desktop image at work and have had nothing but interested commentary from coworkers. My standard answer has become that I'm not sure who they are but I feel like they're watching me in 3-D.

Got Hodag?

Is that a statuette of a Hodag, the official mascot of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, on the top shelf on the right?

Hodag 01

The Naked Light

And, as a former junior fireman patrol member, I must cite you for the absent switch plate on the wall. Did you see "Killer Tomatoes"?

But Ollie

Let's not forget the Laurel and Hardy poster for "Them Thar Hills" (1934), in which the Boys go RVing. Lots of classic L&H bits in the film. Pom-pom.


The Laurel & Hardy "Them Thar Hills" poster on the wall is a fine touch as well.

Nice slouching.

That is some serious slouching young man. Your friend is doing a good job at it as well.

I was a fan of the Betamax myself. I never got around to cataloging it however. Do you still have a working Beta machine?

TV Guide date

Research that I should have done first shows that it's Goldie Hawn on the cover of the May 8, 1982 TV Guide there by the Ritz Cracker box. Glad to learn that, since my dating this shot to 1982 was an educated guess.

Goldie Oldie

Would you believe ... Goldie Hawn? (TVG, May 8, 1982)


Was on the cover of the Dec. 31, 1983 TVG. None for 1982.

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