The Paul Knaut collection of Bettie Page 3D slides is for sale.
Interested parties may contact
me for details.
Paul Knaut began shooting for View-Master in 1954. "3D Magazine"
featured an article about him in their Sept. 2004 issue. Paul sold over
300 shots to View-Master during his 10 year association with them which
ended in 1964. He specialized in photographing Maine and also
photographed John F. Kennedy's estate in Cape Cod. Paul and his wife
Betty both worked together on assignments for View-Master. Sometime
during the mid 1950s Paul Knaut photographed Bettie Page.
also shot Bettie Page in 3D from 1955 towards the end of Bettie Page's
career in 1957. For fans of vintage 3D, this is it. My guess is that
Paul hired Bettie Page and shot her privately since she is looking
directly at the camera in each frame (all except for the back shot).
Paul's basic set-up and lighting allowed for dramatic shots of Bettie.
Pay close attention to the background shadows thrown on the wall. They
play an important role and add a great deal of depth to the scans even
as 2D. It's too bad View-master did not publish Paul's other landscape
scenery seen below. Most of these Bettie Page scans are being shown
publicly for the first time.
Paul Knaut's obitutary:
"PAUL ALLEN KNAUT JR. Paul Knaut Jr. Dover-Foxcroft - Paul Allen Knaut
Jr., 91, husband of the late Elizabeth "Betty" (Southworth) Knaut,
passed away August 14, 2008, at his residence. He was born July 9, 1917,
in Quincy, MA, the son of Paul A. and Marion (Tirrell) Knaut. Paul
graduated from Thayer Academy in Quincy, where he was known for his
talent as an exhibition ball room dancer. He attended Northeast
University and the University of Maine at Orono, where he later taught
courses on photography. His college career was interrupted when he was
drafted into World War II. He later moved to Dover-Foxcroft and became a
pioneer in Maine scenic photography. He was nationally recognized for
his postcards, calendars and 3-D reels depicting the Maine coast and
wilderness areas. He was also an amateur weatherman, recording for NOAA
and broadcasting on local radio and television stations for over a
decade." -The Daily Me
The collection below is segregated into two sections. Scans numbered
000-024 are of much better in quality. Three different types of film
were used to make the original 3D slides. The main film is Anscochrome
which was commonly used in the 1950s. Anscochrome was great because you
could mail it out and have it developed in Germany where nudity didn't
cause people to have a heart attack. After it was developed, it would be
mailed back. Kodak would tell their lab employees to punch holes into
film that was found to show a lady without clothing. That's why you
either had to have a friend do it, develop the film yourself, or mail it
off to Germany.
Anyone interested in a vintage 3D slide of Bettie Page by View-Master photographer Paul Knaut can contact me for details.