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Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« on: December 13, 2007, 01:26:27 PM »
Does anyone have any info on these toys?  I know that there was a Monster-themed set that came with the whole big enlarger, but was there a Monster refill pack?  Anybody have one of these?

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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2007, 01:52:33 PM »
Here are the pics of it from the archive:







It's a cool toy.  I've tried to win them a couple of times on eBay, but always get beat out.

It's basically a light table with some monster transparencies as far as I can tell...

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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2007, 01:54:11 PM »
The art is fantastic, I'd love to have stationary with those characters.

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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2007, 02:16:12 PM »
I've seen pics of that large set, I'm wondering if there was a refill set with just the transparencies or something like that without the big enlarger. 

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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2007, 02:54:48 PM »


Yes, there are two different refill sets, one with the plastic transparencies, and one with paper sheets with different art, both monster themed.

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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2007, 03:57:20 PM »
Thanks, Bob.  That's what I thought, but haven't seen images of the accesory packs in a long time. 
If anyone has some of these, especially the transparencies - send me a PM.  Thanks!!!

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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2007, 03:13:26 PM »
Man, is that cool.

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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2007, 08:42:47 PM »
Andy. I was hoping to win one of these "refill kits" off of eBay not long ago. It was an auction for the paper tracings. I loved the graphics and was hoping to win it just for the drawings as I do not own the light board itself. I believe somebody here in the UMA scored it. I was high bidder right up until the last few seconds, and then BOOM! Everyone came out of the woodwork. Dang eBay. I snagged the pics .. which reminds me .. I have to post them in our gallery section.
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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2007, 12:16:13 AM »
Well, I just found a very nice, unused, boxed Enlarg A Graph - but it isn't the monster set.  I was hoping to find someone with the refill kit that would be willing to let me make copies for my set.  I think it would be a really fun toy to play with.

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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2007, 07:34:21 AM »
I was high bidder right up until the last few seconds, and then BOOM! Everyone came out of the woodwork.


Hmmm, that might've been me, Terry, but only if it was the Traceagraph set, not the Enlarg-a-graph (they do share artwork, but in entirely different formats).  I'm a huge fan of all the Monster stuff Emenee produced and have been focusing on those items for years, ever since I saw a very small jpg of a mint sealed Enlarg-a-graph on ebay in early 1998.  I'd never even heard of the thing, and then it sold for $8000!  Boggled my mind (pretty sure it was two dot-comers battling it out).  Just this year I finally saw for the first time the Monster and Horror Enlarg-a-graph packs (yep, there are two packs), and about a month ago the Monsters Traceagraph pack popped up, again for the first time in my looooong search.  that's the one I know we both bid on Terry.  Things are just too hectic right now for me to photograph all that stuff and go into the long winded, hyper-detailed descriptions of which I am so fond, plus there's still one item crossing to me in the mail, but I do plan to document what I have and know of Emenee soon.  And of course, I've still got questions galore.  Anyone know if they ever produced a Traceagraph boxed set?  Monster Bob, you seem like the fellow who would know? 

Andy - Which version did you get? Do you have the link or pix from the auction with the tracings you mentioned?

In the meantime, here's a pic I snapped a little while back when I was comparing my amassment of boxed Enlarg-a-graphs:



Best,

Shannon

P.S.  The pix Terry linked are of mine, the same one you see in the stack!
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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2007, 09:28:11 AM »
I had the Monsters Enlargagraph as a kid and loved it. I looked for it for years. I clearly remembered the blue enlarger and those little monster slides that weren't spot-on line drawings of the monsters, but were done in a charicature style that definately captured their look, poses and essence. There was something about the way the art in this set was done (and a couple of other examples from this era) that made a connection to the very roots of whatever it was that really scared me. Does that make sense? For example, the Frankenstein carrying a knife. I considered Frankenstein a friend and a monster that, if he was real, would be approachable. Knives and serial killers were very real to me and scared me much more than movie monsters. When Richard Speck was on the loose in Chicago, after killing eight nurses in cold blood (with a knife), his mugshot drawing was on the front page of all the papers. I was convinced he was going to show up at our door. 

The mug that terrified a city-Richard Speck


So then here in my little drawing set was Frankenstein walking around swinging a knife. Something about that little slide took the monster out of the fantasy realm and into the threatening real world for this five-year-old, stimulating an inner fear, and making an imaginary figure real and scary. Deep down, though, I still knew that the big green guy wouldn't hurt me, but then there was that Wolfman and Dracula and that blood thing (~shutter~).

Geesh, no wonder I turned out the way I did.







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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2007, 10:06:26 AM »
I had the Monsters Enlargagraph as a kid and loved it. I looked for it for years. I clearly remembered the blue enlarger and those little monster slides that weren't spot-on line drawings of the monsters, but were done in a charicature style that definately captured their look, poses and essence.

There was something about the way the art in this set was done (and a couple of other examples from this era) that made a connection to the very roots of whatever it was that really scared me. Does that make sense?


Hey man, that makes sense to me.  These sets include gallows and, experiment laden labs, woeful deserts, sinister swamps, and the like. Then add in all the bats, rats, spiders, snakes, not to mention random cages and sarcophagi, as well as coffins and a gallows - already occupied!  Then there are the monsters themselves: The Hunchback sisterly wielding a dagger, a sinister, fangs bared Dracula, the menacing Mummy with his victim bride, a lurking, snarling Wolfman, the blade weilding Frankenstein's Monster, predating the slashers, and then, of course, the Creature, breaking free of his chains and readying havoc on any and all who dare enter.

I f'n love 'em. More from the photo pile: note the hanged man right on the cover of the box, and the $7.77 retail price!




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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2007, 11:23:04 AM »
I have the big boxed set with the lion on it.  The set appears to be unused, and has all the same parts and pieces except the monster slides or transparencies or whatever you call them.  And, I have some blank transparency sheets made for running through a copy machine; so I could reproduce them for my set if I could just track down a set to copy.  Yeah, I know...tall order for sure, but I'd really like to actually use this thing and draw some knife-wielding monsters!!!

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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2007, 11:44:48 AM »
I have the big boxed set with the lion on it.  The set appears to be unused, and has all the same parts and pieces except the monster slides or transparencies or whatever you call them.

Does the folder of tracing paper that came with your set list the Monster and Horror packets as available for order?  Also, is the packed with the pencils and eraser still stabled closed and to the cardboard?

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Re: Emenee Enlarg A Graph
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2007, 12:09:12 PM »
All still stapled and unused, but mine doesn't advertise for the monster set.  I'll snap a couple pics.