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Holography Blocks

Major collection: Holography
Named collection: Holography Collection
Object type: hologram
Maker: Benton, Stephen A.; Benton, Jeanne
Date made: 1975
Materials: white light transmission; film
Measurements: 7 3/4 in x 9 in
Nomenclature: commercial
Classification: holograms

Unprotected film in cardboard-edge mount, no cover, material approximately 24 clear lucite blocks approximately 1" square stacked on top of each other, some with white plastic capital letters on front spelling "HOLOGRAPHY"; excellent 3-D effect as one can see many different perspectives by turning the hologram; rainbow-colored image.

Stephen Benton was a pioneer in holography, inventor of white light transmission holography also called "rainbow holography" or "Benton holography." Benton filed his patent application for this new technique in 1969 and it was awarded in 1972. "Holography Blocks" has been described by Ruud van Renesse as a "a brilliant example of the technique he invented; the holographic film is extremely transparent, amazingly clear of diffusing noise and displays an exceptionally bright holographic reconstructions of a scene of acrylic cubes." When viewing the actual hologram, moving left to right illustrates the three-dimensionality of the cubes. Please note that due to the unique challenges of holography as a medium, high-resolution digital images are not available for most items in the holography collection. Please contact us for more information on reproducing images of holograms.

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