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"Chaim Weizmann Peers Into The Future: The Vision Lives On"
1992 / Polaroid Mirage Photopolymer Hologram
by Paul D. Barefoot

7.75" x 9.5" image on 9.25" x 10.5" plastic backing sheet

This was the largest commercial hologram ever produced
by the Polaroid Corporation using their Mirage photopolymer process.

Accompanied by the lavish fund-raising/tribute book
it was included in:

The Weizmann Institute of Science
Edited by Lilian Herzberg
1992 / American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science
Oversize 10" x 14" hardbound cloth with stamped gold and white titles
138 pages / profusely illustrated in color

This book was never sold it was distributed to past and potential
supporters of the Weizmann Institute and is rare for this reason.

Chaim Weizmann was the first president of Israel.

This hologram was included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Holography in New York City which closed the same year it was made. The MIT Museum in Cambridge Massachusetts acquired the complete holdings of the Museum of Holography.

The hologram is not bound into the book it is fitted into a special page sleeve from which it may be removed. Printed on the opposite page are these details about how the image was created:

"Chaim Weizmann Peers Into The Future: The Vision Lives On"

The "Tomorrow" hologram, which was specifically created for this book, is actually three holograms in one each produced separately and then combined through multiple exposures and very tight registration tolerances.

First, a hologram was made of a futuristic head and robot "hand." The images were positioned to appear both behind the film plane (holographic plate surface) and a few millimeters in front.

A second hologram was made of a plaster bust of Chaim Weizmann. A masked, circular opening was placed in front of the bust during exposure and then registered through multiple exposures to coincide with the exact position of the projected circular disc held by the robot hand.

The hologram in this book is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Holography on New York City."

Polaroid's Mirage process

Polaroid (USA) developed a high quality photopolymer called DMP-128. The process allowed light to reflect through several layers of film to give the hologram more depth, and it was easily visible in a wide range of lighting conditions. The result was a distinct improvement over embossed holograms.

The Polaroid photopolymer material was not for sale only ready-made holographic images were supplied, under the trade name Mirage.

In 1998, Polaroid abandoned display holography.

A worthy addition to even the most advanced collection of holography.