There Were Plans for 3D Movies Even Before There Were Talkies reports that if you think the glasses you have to wear at every 3D movie today are a pain, remember to be grateful that we’re not all stuck with the early 20th century’s version.

Back in the 1910s, many people were experimenting with next-big-thing technologies for motion pictures. Much of the promise was in developing synchronized sound, a technology that wouldn’t come into common use until the end of the 1920s. But some prognosticators at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties imagined that 3D must be the wave of tomorrow. Albeit, 3D with a decidedly Victorian flair.

Yesterday’s 3D glasses of the future had to be held up to your face by a cumbersome telescoping arm (something akin to opera glasses) and used stereoscopic tech that had become a popular amusement utilized in still photos in the 19th century. Feature movies — still a relatively new undertaking in 1919 — were destined for the delights of 3D, according to Electrical Experimenter magazine.

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