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4s032 AUDIOSCOPIKS 2x5 3D glasses 1936 for early demonstrations of 3D films in Carrollton, Kentucky!

Date Sold 3/17/2019
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An Original Vintage Pair of 3-D Glasses (measures 1 1/2" x 5") (Learn More)

Audioscopiks, the 1936 Jacob Leventhal & John Norling 3D (3-D; 3-Dimension) short narrated by Pete Smith. Note that the audience was instructed on how to use the 3D glasses that they received, and then demonstrations of three-dimensional films were presented. Various objects move towards the camera, including a ladder being shoved out a window, the slide on a trombone, a woman on a swing, and a thrown baseball. If you have never heard of this short subject, you are surely not alone! Most people surely think of 3D movies as beginning in the 1950s, but actually, they had been around since 1915, although in a much more primitive form. There were several made in 1922 (by Frederick Eugene Ives & Jacob Leventhal), and those were called "Stereoscopiks", and there were five of them made between 1922 and 1925 (Plastigrams, Zowie, Luna-cy!, The Runaway Taxi, and Ouch). There was not that much interest in the process until 1936, when MGM made the first of what was intended to be a series of "Audioscopiks", which used Technicolor, and the audience wore the now famous red and green glasses! This process was created by John Norling and Jacob Leventhal (the same man who had co-created the 1920s "Stereoscopiks"). The first one was called "Audioscopiks" and came out in early 1936, but the second, called "The New Audioscopiks", did not come out until two years later (both were narrated by Pete Smith, and the first one was nominated for the Best Short Subject Oscar in 1936). In 1941, MGM made one more short, this time a Pete Smith Specialty called "Three Dimensional Murder", and this included an appearance by Frankenstein with Jack Pierce makeup, but it was not a Universal movie, but an MGM one! We have never auctioned any movie item from any of the five Stereoscopik shorts (except for a single glass slide for "A Runaway Taxi") and from the three "Audioscopiks" shorts, we have only had three German stills from "The New Audioscopiks" and an Australian herald which had an ad on the back for "Audioscopiks", and it had a great illustration showing the audience having soda squirted on them from the screen!
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Important Added Info: Note that these are from the Richland Theatre in Carrollton, Kentucky. They also promote the release of "San Francisco" which starred Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald and Spencer Tracy.

Condition: good to very good.
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