Hologram on National Geographic Magazine Cover

Hologram on National Geographic Magazine Cover

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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.
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Object Name
Hologram, Embossed
embossed hologram
Other Terms
Hologram, Embossed; Lasers and Masers
date made
American Bank Note Company
National Geographic Society
overallhologram: 2 1/2 in x 4 in x in; 6.35 cm x 10.16 cm x.0254 cm
overall: 10 in x 7 in x in; 25.4 cm x 17.78 cm x.0254 cm
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Credit Line
from the American Bank Note Company, thru E. Peter Campbell
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Work and Industry: Electricity
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National Museum of American History
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