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Upper Peninsula in 3D from Then to Now


Negaunee, MI – August 23, 2011 -The Upper Peninsula in 3D wrapped up the August series of the “Afternoons at the Museum” lineup at the Iron Industry Museum.  This event was presented by photographer, Don Balmer.  He is a retired school teacher for Marquette Area Public Schools with an interest in 3-dimensional photography.

Tour the UP in 3D: Then and Now
1847- The First Lake Superior Light House, located on White Fish Point

Balmer showed over 100 stereographic photos viewed in 3-D; half of them from then and the other half from now. The “then” photographs are from the 1860s to 1880s.  Balmer visited many of these location and took the photographs of what these places look like today.

Glasses for viewing the photos were passed out so audience members could view the photographs from the 3-dimensional perspective.  We were reminded to place to red lens over the left eye and the blue lens over the right eye or you would get a distorted view of history.

Three-dimensional photography started about 1839.  From the 1850a to the 1920s many photographers used stereo cards for taking photographs.  They could be used in 3D by using a stereoscope. Today, these images can still be seen by projecting them onto a screen using 3D photography and 3D glasses.

Almost all photographs used at this event can be viewed on display at Northern Michigan Universities Beaumier Heritage Center.  I attended this exhibit at the beginning of August.  A link to this article can be found here.

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum entrance is location in Negaunee Township, on US-41 E, about one mile west of Junction M-35.  Admission to most events if free, and donations are strongly encouraged.

Below is a collection of photos taken at this event.  If you’d like to view more UP in 3D pictured please click here.


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