1983 John Meredith Christmas Card to us.
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1953 Eisenhower Stereo Slide Set of Inauguration
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1951 October - The Realist News - Hollywood Society
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JOHN MEREDITH

Biographical Notes
by David Starkman and Susan Pinsky

He was a man's man. A tough man. A man who played hard, worked hard, and enjoyed his drinks and women. Nobody told him what to do, and he worked for himself all of his life, as far as we know. Although we met John Meredith more than once, very late in his life, we have not (yet) been able to find any biographical information on him, such as his birth date, or what year he passed away.

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1953 Stereo Realist display at Pan Pacific Auditorium with John Meredith by Harold Lloyd
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The last time we saw him he was probably in his late 70's or 80's. As far as we could surmise he was a lifetime bachelor, and in his final years he lived in a small, and very modest apartment on South Stanley Avenue near Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles.

However, when we visited him he was happy to let us look through all of the stereo slides that he still had, and we were able to purchase a fair number of them. We wish now we had purchased more. His apartment could have used a good cleaning, but then it probably hadn't been touched in forty years. He told us stories that went back to the times of William Randolph Hearst, spending time hanging out with that group up at Hearst castle, in and around those opulent swimming pools, drinking hard, and enjoying life.

On October 11, 1988 he visited us in our Culver City home, along with fellow 3-D photographer and Stereo Realist public relations professional Marvin L. Rand. (Marvin wrote the chapter "Stereo In Business, Science and Education" in the "Stereo Realist Manual" - 1954).

So, why include him in 3-D Legends? While we don't know much about the man himself, he has left a worthy legacy of interesting 3-D images from the 1950s.

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Muscle Beach by John Meredith
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Feeding the porpoise at Marineland of the Pacific in Palos Verdes, CA by John Meredith 
Couple overlooking the coastline by John
Couple overlooking the California coastline by John Meredith (man holding Stereo Realist)
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Two fashion models with the Golden Gate Bridge in backround by John Meredith 
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Muscle Beach 2 by John Meredith

First, we know that he was a professional portrait, glamour, and fashion photographer. (He wrote the chapter in the "Stereo Realist Manual" on "Portrait and Fashion"). He knew and photographed Hollywood celebrities, as well as wannabe starlets. Through his Hollywood friends, in the 1930s and 40s he was a guest at Hearst Castle parties. He showed us some black and white pictures of him posing in, and around, the pools at Hearst Castle! Wow, who gets to do that?!!

Skipping ahead to his 3-D years, we know that some time between the introduction of the Stereo Realist, and 1953, he was hired to take photos for the David White Company - the makers of the Stereo Realist Camera.

We know this because we have pictures of him at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, and in a field of yellow flowers. In both photos he is wearing a red and white varsity-style jacket with the words "Stereo Realist" embroidered in very large letters on the back. When looking at these slides with him, he told us that the David White paid him extra money to wear that jacket, and bonuses if it appeared in any press or publicity photos!

John Meredith & a disrobing woman behind
Harold Lloyd & John Meredith at artistic

We surmise that he was one of the photographers who took, uncredited, photos for "The Stereo Realist Library of Original Slides". Almost all the photographers for that series were uncredited.

We know that he was working for Stereo Realist at least by 1953, as we have a photo of John at work, at the 1953 Inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Under magnification we could read the Press Credentials ribbon on his jacket, which indicates "1953 Inaugural" and "Reception". Based upon this we can assume that he was no doubt one of the uncredited 3-D photographers of the boxed set of stereo slides that David White Company produced to commemorate the inaugural. He had a certain style, so we've included some of those images that appear to have been taken by Meredith.

We also have pictures of John working at the 1953 Stereo Realist booth at a photographic trade show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium, in Los Angeles, taken by Harold Lloyd. He was friends with Harold Lloyd, George Mann, Kent Oppenheimer and Tommy Thomas, who often traveled around together shooting similar, but different perspectives of the same subjects, and each other. 

Thus, we know that John Meredith not only worked for the company that made the Stereo Realist camera, and wrote a chapter in the "Stereo Realist Manual", he also has left us a legacy of wonderful 3-D images. Without any further text to write about him, those slides alone are worthy of a page on 3-D Legends.

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1954 view of models in front of the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles by John Meredith
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John Meredith adjusting the set around his nude model in his photo studio on La Cienega
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Model on a fence with a Kodak Stereo by John Meredith
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1988 John Meredith at Susan Pinsky and David Starkman's home in October by Susan Pinsky
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John Meredith and a disrobing model behind a frame 
Harold Lloyd and John Meredith at artistic shoot 1950s
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Hunter whiskey and Stereo Realist advertising connection for store window photo set-up shot
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John Meredith using a little dog to get a smile from his nude model in his studio
1953 Stereo Realist display at Pan Pacific Auditorium of  John Meredith by Harold Lloyd
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John Meredith with convertible car in a desert field of yellow flowers
1953 John Meredith and Penny Edwards in
1953 John Meredith and Penny Edwards, starlet
1953 John Meredith Professional Photogra
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1953 Stereo Realist display at Pan Pacific Auditorium of John Meredith by Harold Lloyd
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Dwight D. Eisenhower on train campaigning 
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Featuring Stereos by John Meredith
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1954 John Meredith files before by George Mann
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Mr Truman greet President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mrs Mamie Eisenhower at White House  
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1953 President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mrs Mamie Eisenhower at Inaugural Ball
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Big Fish and a model in a Triumph TR3 by John Meredith
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Brunch in a bathing suit by John Meredith
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Abbott and Costello and Miss Wisconsin Cheese Ad by John Meredith
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Woman with a Stereo Realist camera with flashbulb attachment
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Stereo Realist camera and photographic dealers banquet
1953 President Dwight D. Eisenhower portrait with flag
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An Enthusiastic voter at 1953 Festival of Stars No 22 by John Meredith
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Dwight D. Eisenhower portrait with flag.
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1953 Eisenhower Stereo Slide Set of Inauguration
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1950 Bob Hope Realist ad March.jpg
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General Dwight D. Eisenhower with his Stereo Realist camera
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1953 March "The Realist News" John Meredith classes announcement
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1953 Jan 20 - President & Mamie Eisenhower, Ex-Pres Herbert Hoover on Reviewing Stand No 6
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Model with black poodle by John Meredith
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1953 American Indians at Eisenhower's Inaugural Parade
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1953 Stereo Realist display at Pan Pacific Auditorium by Harold Lloyd
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Billy Wilder and movie star William Holden
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Feeding the dolphins underwater at Marineland of the Pacific, Palos Verdes, CA by John Meredith
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Brassiere advertisement by John Meredith
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1980 John Meredith Christmas Card to Sus
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1953 Governors Reception at Statler Hotel
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John Meredith shooting model at Dante's View in Death Valley, California
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 Freeways of Los Angeles by John Meredith
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1953 Fashion show at the Eisenhower Inaugural Dinner
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John Meredith with car in the desert
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1953 John Meredith at Eisenhower Inauguration Reception 20 Jan with Stereo Realist
Bikini Babe on the Pool by John Meredith
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Bikini Babe on the Pool by John Meredith
1982 John Meredith Christmas Card to Sus
1982 John Meredith Christmas Card
to Susan and David
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Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL by John Meredith
Demur blonde with red scarf by John Mere
Demur model with red scarf by John Meredith
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Eisenhower press photos with hyperstereo photographer
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John Meredith with two models overlooking San Francisco Golden Gate bridge
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Nude study with pink and gold fabric by John Meredith
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Ike Parade My Pop likes Mamie
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Did we happen to mention that John Meredith was always a heavy smoker? He was the last person we ever let smoke in our home, when he visited in 1988. 
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Stereo Realist Book Cover Series shot  by John Meredith
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Sidewalk teenagers like Ike Inaugural Parade No 23
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Wow, his is really large! by John Meredith
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Woman with skunk named McCarthy 1950's political stunt
We Like Ike Convention by John Meredith.
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