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3D HOLOGRAM: Antioch Chalice from futuretech on GodTube.

A hologram looks like the real object is on display.
But there is no object at all. It is a 3D holographic image.

Runtime: 1 Min. / Hologram by Frank & Deb DeFreitas

Publishing Notes
Updated 2 MAR 2015

HoloWorld went online on Tue, 04 Dec 1993 21:29:02 GMT. Today, it is referenced by many web pages and in-print publications. It was created by semi-retired, American holographer Frank DeFreitas (bio). For over 30 years, holography enthusiasts from around the world continue to make the pilgrimage to his home studio and history of holography room located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. If you need to learn about holograms, you have come to the right place: how-to articles, podcasts, galleries, history, videos, and more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your browsing. If you like what you see, please share HoloWorld with others.

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Frank DeFreitas Holography archives
A museum visitor reaches to touch a holographic image in this press photo taken at the New York Museum of Holography. Original photo and/or negative from the Frank DeFreitas Holography Archives.

antique hand pointer The DeFreitas Holography Archives
Since 1976, the Frank DeFreitas Holography Archive collects, preserves, and displays memorabilia associated with the history of lasers, light, optics, holography and 3D. The 20,000+ piece collection is made available, by appointment, to those with an interest in the history of lasers, holography and general three dimensional imaging. Located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

antique hand pointer Holograms of the Ancient World
The Rocks Will Cry Out: Holograms of the Ancient World. Explore the farthest reaches of the ancient world and discover the secrets of these earliest archaeological discoveries. This new series of 3D holograms show these mysterious artifacts in an entirely new light: LASERs ... the light of the future. VIEW GALLERY ...

antique hand pointer History of Christian 3D
Frank DeFreitas presents 150 years of Christian three-dimensional imaging science and technology in American popular culture. Content ranges from mid- 19th century stereo photography to 21st century laser holograms, digital 3D-HD autostereo, and beyond. For those that cannot make the trip to Allentown, Pennsylvania to visit, selected items from the collection are being posted.

antique hand pointer Laser & Holography Research Projects
My ongoing trilogy with encoded micro holograms, free-space laser communication, and holographic image beacons. This research may result in exciting new opportunities and applications for evangelism, leading far into the future. I call this work: Emerging Technologies and the Great Commission.

antique hand pointer How To Make A Hologram
Want to know how to make a hologram? Step into my laser lab and see how it is done, with step-by-step DIY photos. All of it possible in your own home or school. You can print out this page for reports and homework.

antique hand pointer Holography Workshops
This workshop program has been running since 1983: gas lasers, gelatin silver glass plates, wet processing in darkroom, hand made optical components and vibration isolation tables. This is laser holography as it was then, and as its heritage today: handcrafted holograms.

antique hand pointer Holography for Kids
The original online laser and hologram science fair learning page for students. Today's youth are the future of this emerging technology. A great resource for home schoolers, too. One of the few laser and hologram resources online that is presented by someone with 30+ years of real-world experience. Be safe and be sure right here.

antique hand pointer Hologram of the Moon
Blue Ribbon Winner, New York Hall of Science, 2011.
In 2011, I produced an award-winning 3D laser hologram of the moon. It was (and remains) one of my most ambitious holography projects. The two ground-based, telescopic photographs that make up this 2-channel holographic stereogram were taken 150 years apart.

antique hand pointer 3D MPO Voyage to the Moon
(Le Voyage dans la Lune)
Download these 3D MPO files and journey on your own Voyage to the Moon (3D Le Voyage dans la Lune). I've taken 16 of NASA's most famous Apollo program stereo photographs and made them into digital files for today's 3D hand-held devices (Nintendo 3DS, Fuji Real 3D and SONY PS3). You will think that you are standing right on the edge of craters on the surface of the moon. Featured as a Pick of the Month in 3D Focus magazine, December 2011.

antique hand pointer My Holographic Light Art
Abstract landscapes of light are created by passing lasers and other light sources through holographic optics and quartz known as Cape May Diamonds. Shapes, colors and patterns never before seen are revealed to the viewer for the very first time ... after being encoded within the quartz since their creation.

antique hand pointer Make Your Own Victorian Stereoscope
Holograms are the ultimate in 3D, but long before laser holograms arrived on the scene, people enjoyed 3D images through the Victorian stereoscope. On this page, I show how I assembled one of the DIY kits available today to hobbyists and makers. It is also relatively easy to make your own stereoview cards to view in the stereoscope.

antique hand pointer My Name is on Saturn's moon Titan
Do you like astronomy? Do you like the great planet Saturn? Take a moment to read a fantastic story. It is the extraordinary (and true!) story about having my name on the surface of another heavenly body: Titan, the famous moon of the planet Saturn. It was the first landing ever accomplished in the outer solar system. If you love space, you'll love this story . . . and you'll never look at Saturn the same way again.

antique hand pointer What Are Lasers Used For?
Perfect for reports and homework, this web page gives students of all ages a printable list of what lasers are used for today. Laser technology is all around us in our everyday living. Find out just how much this is true.

antique hand pointer Making Holograms with Laser Pointers
Diode laser holography didn't begin in a professional laboratory, it began in three home basements -- and was documented every step of the way right here at HoloWorld. Here are the original project notes from start to finish. Includes the world's first hologram created using a solar powered laser. I am honored to have been part of this history. It changed the world of holography forever.

antique hand pointer Memories of Edmund Scientific Co.
Share my 1960's memories of the great Edmund Scientific factory store in Barrington, New Jersey. Over time, I will be adding photos of all of my Edmund memorabilia and ephemera. Includes info. on their famous Light Show Theater. Enjoy!

antique hand pointer Collecting Holograms
The ultimate (and original) guide to laser and holography collectibles. Covers everything from holograms to advertising to posters and post cards (and more). For nearly twenty-five years, this guide continues to be an inspiration for people all over the world to begin their own collections.

antique hand pointer Holographic Brain, Mind, Universe
My published article on holographic principles applied to everyday living. I keep it updated, current and revised online. From the Holo-Gram newsletter, and the Laser Arts Society journal (long before the Internet).

antique hand pointer Holography Internet Radio Show
L-O-N-G before YouTube, Twitter, etc., "HoloTalk" began online broadcasting in 1997 (!). With its now-famous mix of interviews and topical discussions, the show features host Frank DeFreitas and holography guests from around the world. For over fifteen years, listeners made "HoloTalk" a part of their online routine. Over 100 shows are now available in the MP3 archive.

antique hand pointer Holography E-Zine
Download a back issue of HoloWorld: The E-Zine of Popular Holography. Each issue contained news & information, tips & tricks, history, reviews, net treks, and more.

antique hand pointer The Civil War Holography Project
See this exciting Civil War holography project with students of Englewood High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Priceless treasures have been at the bottom of the St. Johns river since 1864. These historical artifacts are now recorded as holograms. Includes PBS video.

antique hand pointer Careers in Lasers, Optics & Photonics
Now that you've begun to explore the world of lasers & photonics, you may be wondering if this could fit in with your future career planning. Absolutely! In this section, I'll give you some information on things to consider when you're exploring careers in general. I'll also share some Internet resources that can guide you in your search for careers in the field of lasers and photonics.

antique hand pointer How to Create Your Own Hologram Portraits
A step-by-step guide for amateurs and hobbyists for creating your own hand-made DIY portraits and stereograms. If done carefully and properly, one can create beautiful 3D hologram portraits of family and friends.

antique hand pointer The Holography Link Page
Links to other sites about lasers and holograms on the Net.

antique hand pointer Who Is Frank DeFreitas?
You wouldn't go into a strangers house, would you? I didn't think so! Web sites are no different! Before you begin your visit here at HoloWorld, take a few minutes to learn about your host (me), and my 30 plus years of award-winning service to the laser and holography fields of art, science and technology.

antique hand pointer Contact Information
Contact information for postal mail, phone and e-zine.

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

Frank DeFreitas
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Phone: 610-434-8236

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Frank DeFreitas 2015 Frank DeFreitas ...
viewed his first laser hologram in 1968 and started his own holography studio in 1983. He has spent 30+ years working with lasers and holograms in various capacities. Presently retired to his Victorian-era study, he spends his time overseeing his 20,000+ pieces of holography memorabilia; welcomes visitors from around the world; works on his own projects; and provides historical and technical knowledge through speaking engagements. For more info on him, please visit his bio page.

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