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Vintage Lasers & Holograms Exhibit in Tempe, AZ

Eidetical

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After collecting lasers for a very long time, I've finally put together an exhibit showing the best of them that's open and free to the public. Called "Vintage Lasers & Holograms", it includes about 180 lasers with an equal number of related artifacts and a couple dozen holograms from the last century. There's also a working holography lab in the back.

There has never been a laser history museum, and I'm hoping to get a ball rolling in that direction. If in the Phoenix area, please stop by and check it out. It's only about 10 minutes from Sky Harbor Airport. The link in my signature gives more details. A good example of what's on display (and because I want to post a pic in this thread) is this extremely rare Bell Labs laser communication demonstration system called the Lecture Aid #224 that I picked up in LA last week. The head is a laser simulator, with wood mirror mounts and a glowing plasma tube with torch-sealed ends (no windows). An arc lamp is in the base, and a mirror hidden in the front mount send the light into the detector!:)

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If you wanted a laser 60 years ago, this is what you'd be lookin' at. The Sylvania model GL-6211 was one of the only gas lasers available then, before He-Ne was made to lase at visible wavelengths. Sold without a cover, but with a detector! :) This is one of the "Holy Grail's" for me. Imagine finding a complete system in someone's basement! o_O
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Which holograms do you have? One I wanted from many years ago was about 24 inches square and showed a forest with a pair of binoculars out in front of the plate. If you placed your eyes there you would see a birds nest with baby birds in it. I could have purchased a copy for~$150, but didn't. Have kicked myself ever since.
 

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Which holograms do you have? One I wanted from many years ago was about 24 inches square and showed a forest with a pair of binoculars out in front of the plate. If you placed your eyes there you would see a birds nest with baby birds in it. I could have purchased a copy for~$150, but didn't. Have kicked myself ever since.
I know of an 8x10" hologram by Greg Cherry of Cherry Optical like that, but nothing larger. There are a few microscope holograms out there with the same trick, a few stereopticons, and a few art works too (using variations on the trick). Don't have it, but you could contact Greg (Sebastopol, CA) and ask if he does.

My collection of holograms is at the second site in my signature (best viewed on a laptop, with screen width set as shown on the home page). One of the oldest is this one made for insertion into Laser Focus magazine in April, 1967.

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I am very pleased to see your dream becoming a reality.
Congratulations.
 

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I am very pleased to see your dream becoming a reality.
Congratulations.
Thanks Dave. While the old NEC head you gave me is not in the exhibit (with only space for about 1/3 of the collection there), it's in a display case where I can appreciate its wonderful quartz resonator rods all the time. The goal for this exhibit is to stimulate interest in a proper, long-term museum for the whole group.

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