Hologram on National Geographic Magazine Cover

Description (Brief):

Three-dimensional images called holograms were first shown in the early 1960s and required laser light to reconstruct the image. Inventors quickly developed holograms that could be seen in regular light and could be printed on flexible materials like paper. The March 1984 issue of National Geographic captivated readers by featuring a hologram of an eagle on the cover. The issue pushed the printing technology of the time as the popular magazine required a large print run unusual for holograms. Within a few years credit card companies began using holographic logos to deter counterfeiters.

Date Made: 1984

Maker: American Bank Note CompanyNational Geographic Society

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: from the American Bank Note Company, thru E. Peter Campbell

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.0276.02Accession Number: 1985.0276Catalog Number: 1985.0276.02

Object Name: Hologram, Embossedembossed hologramOther Terms: Hologram, Embossed; Lasers and Masers

Measurements: overallhologram: 2 1/2 in x 4 in x in; 6.35 cm x 10.16 cm x .0254 cmoverall: 10 in x 7 in x in; 25.4 cm x 17.78 cm x .0254 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-3c48-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_713865

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