Three Days of 3D Honors View-Master at Oregon Caves

A View-Master Model G, introduced in 1962

A View-Master Model G, introduced in 1962. Photo by ThePassenger/Wikimedia

The birthplace of the View-Master, a line of special-format stereoscopes, will be honored with an unveiling of a historical plaque at the Oregon Caves Chateau this Saturday, May 16th.

The weekend event, dubbed Three Days of 3D, pays tribute to the device which was produced by William Gruber and Harold Graves after a meeting at the Oregon Caves National Monument in 1938.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau, the festivities begin in the evening on Friday May 15th when event speakers, presenters, and Chateau guests can mingle with some of the descendants of the devices creators.

Then at 7:30pm, a special presentation entitled “The History of 3D and the View Master Development” will be given by Rich Dubnow. Dubnow was the lead photographer for View-Master and traveled worldwide taking images for the popular reels. He is currently owner of Image 3D, in Milwaukee Oregon.

Saturday May 16th will begin with the marker dedication at 1:00pm. Following that, 3D films, book signings, demonstrations and children’s activities centering on 3D technology will take place at the Chateau.

Sterographer Ron Kriesel of the National Stereographic Association and the Cascade Steroscopic Club will open the festivities with a free viewing of a 3D film. Dubnow will also speak on the history of 3D, and author Gretchen Gruber Harmon (descendent of William B. Gruber) will read from her book “View Master, the Biography of William B. Gruber.”

Authors Mary Ann Sell and her spouse, Wolfgang Sell, will present their book “View Master, Memories.” The Sells own one of the largest View Master collections in the country. Many of the models will be on display at the Chateau free of charge over the weekend.

Special tours of the Oregon Caves and the Chateau will be conducted throughout Saturday and Sunday, as will raffles to win a free night at the Chateau, books, and commemorative reels and viewers.

On Sunday, May 17th, Saturday’s post-dedication presentations will be repeated, starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m.

For more information visit the Historical Plaque Ceremony at View-Master’s Birthplace Facebook event page.

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