Christian 3D History
Frank DeFreitas Holography | Allentown, PA | Phone: 610-434-8236

150 Years of Christian 3D:
From Stereo Photography to Holography.

Publishing Notes:
Updated 24 APRIL 2014

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Laser Hologram Transmitting Morse Code Radio Beacon.

2014 Exhibit: 150 Years of Christian 3D:
From Stereo Photography to Holography.
Visiting Hours: By Appointment
Call: 610-434-8236 or Email.
Cost: Free. A donation of any amount is appreciated.

Christian 3D History
Close up detail of a diamond cross, 3D laser hologram.
The diamonds sparkle, but the cross isn't there.
It is made entirely of laser light.
Reach for it, and your fingers grasp nothing.


Historic Allentown Home

ALL WHO PASS through the doorway of this humble (yet historic) row home in Allentown, PA will witness an exhibition like no other before . . . an exhibition that will fill the senses with wonderment and awe . . .

THE SHORT STORY: This is an extraordinary exhibit documenting 150 years of Christian 3D. It includes antique stereographs, vintage lenticular prints, up to modern three dimensional laser holograms. It is for all ages, and can be visited by appointment. It was curated by Frank DeFreitas, who manages the 20,000+ piece Antiquarian Holographica collection. There is truly no other exhibit like it in the world today.


*WHY* is there a collection / exhibit of Christian 3D?
With the increasing popularity of 3D photography, movies and television, there is a renewed interest in the history of 3D in general. Many people are very surprised to learn that 3D has been with us since the middle of the 1800's(!) *AND* Christian 3D photography, specifically, was the driving force in its acceptance and further development.

Christian 3D lenticulars

While one will find an abundance of information online about the history of 3D photography in medical imaging, advertising, movies, etc., there is very little information documenting its history in Christianity.

Christian 3D photography

Most importantly, the collection exists so that people can visit in person, in Allentown, Pennsylvania (close to both Philadelphia and New York City). One cannot rely on their computers to see the beauty and astonishing realism of these 3D visual images. They must be seen and experienced in person.

*WHEN* did Christian 3D photography begin?
Christian 3D began right along with the earliest stereoscopic photography in the mid 19th century (1850's), with mainly glass plates and French tissue stereoviews. It continued through early stereoview cards (mid 19th through early 20th century), to the printing of mass repicated 3D lenticular images, and film-based imaging (mid 20th century). After seeing somewhat of a lull in production and interest in the latter half of the 20th century, it has emerged once again through today's latest technologies: digital, wide-screen HD televisions, electronic autostereoscopic hand held devices, and the most futuristic of them all: three-dimensional laser holograms.

Christian 3D Art
Various 3D imaging technologies:
From the earliest stereoscopic, to the latest
in laser holographic recordings.

*HOW* did the collection get started?
I (Frank DeFreitas) work with, and collect, items related to the history of three-dimensional imaging, particularly the field of holography. My collection is called "Antiquarian Holographica". It contains over 20,000 historical items, and it has taken over 35 years to assemble. Both my wife and I work as a team with this aspect of the collection.

*WHAT* will I see when I visit?
In essence, you will see the history of Christian three dimensional photography and holography. These 3D historical photographic artifacts depict pieces and places of culture and activity described in the Bible, and in everyday living: from the earliest stereoscopic methods, to modern laser imaging. For over 150 years, they have inspired generations to expand their knowledge of God's Word and world.

Christian 3D Photography Exhibit
Your Host, Frank DeFreitas, in the exhibit / lecture room.

Since this topic has never been covered before in an exhibition setting (that I am aware of), and in order to present the collection in a orderly way, I have broken it down into several main categories, according to each 3D photography format type:

  • the World's Smallest Lord's Prayer
  • the Bible that went to the moon
  • antique stereoscopes
  • stereoscopic French tissue views
  • glass plate stereographs
  • stereoview photographic cards
  • lenticular prints and glass plates
  • stereo film strips
  • stereo film cards
  • view-master reels
  • anaglyphics
  • amazing laser holograms
  • digital HD autostereoscopic technologies
  • SPECIAL: the computer generated 3D image calculated directly from the famous Shroud of Turin. Another is on display in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City.

You'll also see Christian based 3D optical illusions, and various pieces of historical ephemera. Bible leaves dating back to the 1400's are on display, along with a scroll containing the book of Genesis. You may also find the various miniature Bibles fascinating, including the smallest Bible (at the time) ever printed, and one that went to the moon on Apollo 14, known as "The Lunar Bible".

Every piece of the collection is an original, not a reproduction. Some pieces are held in highly esteemed historical archives such as the Library of Congress, and the George Eastman House Library Archive.

world's smallest lords prayer
See the world's smallest Lord's Prayer:
Just the width of a human hair.
Made with lasers and stored as a hologram.

*WHERE* can I see the collection?
The collection / exhibition room is in my private home, located in the downtown historic district of Allentown, Pennsylvania. It is a quick and easy drive from both the New York City and Philadelphia areas, as well as Scranton, Lancaster, Binghamton, Syracuse, Wilmington, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. "Minutes from Everywhere".

*WHEN* can I visit the collection?
Visitors are welcome by prior appointment (call 610-434-8236 in advance for street address). During your visit, I will spend some time with you to explain about the 3D images and the science & technology (and history) behind them.

antique gas discharge light bulb
This beautiful vintage light bulb was a distant cousin to the eventual LASER. Gas discharge lamps contained low pressure gas, either neon or argon, or a mixture of the two. The light comes from an electric discharge between two electrodes, bombarding the gas atoms with electrons. In this photo, the two electrodes are in the shape of a cross.

*WHO* is the collection appropriate for?
There is something for all ages to enjoy. I usually have a few holograms to hand out to the younger visitors.

*WHAT* is the cost to visit?
Your visit is free. I give each visitor a personal tour of the collection, its history, and its science and technology. If you are able and wish to provide a token of your appreciation by making a small voluntary donation -- or not -- that is entirely up to you. It is my pleasure to provide this service and historical display. This is not a business nor do I sell anything. It is my collection and you are my guest when you visit.

3D Church Event
Have a presentation at your church,
school or home school group.

Can the collection COME TO ME?
Yes it can! You can host a mini version of the entire exhibition, including several 3D lenticular prints, laser holograms, world's smallest Lord's Prayer, and more. Great for the classroom, home school group, or church group. I can customize your presentation easily. It is educational and enjoyed by all ages. In the past 30 years, I have presented to tens of thousands of people with lasers and holography. Just contact me to discuss further. I'd love to meet you and your group!

Frank and Deb DeFreitas

Best Regards,
Frank & Deb DeFreitas

"Where there is no vision, the people perish."
-- Proverbs 29:18

"Science is the study of the physical manifestations of God in action."
-- Frank DeFreitas

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