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Tru-Vue Viewer--Stereoscopic Filmstrips and Viewer--Black Hills, 1941

 Unprocessed Material — Container: Vault
Identifier: H2011-100

Content Description

The collection consists of one Tru-Vue viewer, case, and three filmstrips. Tru-Vue was a Rock Island (IL) company that manufactured stereoscopic filmstrips and viewers from 1931-1951. The photographs and titles are credited to a James Sawders. The three filmstrips are titled Black Hills Series 1, 2, & 3. Each filmstrip has two images which creates a 3D effect. The images date to 1941 in showing the construction of the Yate’s Shaft at the Homestake Mine and with the finishing work on Mount Rushmore. Images from Black Hills Series 1 include the watch tower on Mount Roosevelt, the State Game Lodge (Summer Whitehouse for Calvin Coolidge), Devil’s Tower (WY), Bear Butte, highway through Spearfish Canyon, Mounty Terry, Roughlock Falls, Homestake Mine (Lead, S.D.), Deadwood (S.D.), graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, highway through Boulder Canyon, and Bridal Veil Falls in Crystal Cave. Black Hills Series 2 includes Rapid City (S.D.) and Dinosaur Park, Hangman’s Hills, panning for gold near Keystone (S.D.), Crag of Jesset, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Gutzon Borglum’s working model of Mount Rushmore, Mount Rushmore construction, proposed hall of records behind Mount Rushmore, and workers at Mount Rushmore. Black Hills Series 3 images include the Needles Highway, Sylvan Lake, and Badlands. The viewer, case, and filmstrips will be placed in the vault.

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  • 1941


0.1 Cubic Feet