Item 2018.09.02.159 - Big Bird 3D camera viewer

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Big Bird 3D camera viewer

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  • [ca.1978] (Manufacturing)
    Sesame Street

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1 piece of photographic viewing equipment : three-dimensional viewer ; 1 photographic image : 14 three-dimensional colour transparencies on 1 reel ; 11 x 6 x 15 cm

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Item is a blue plastic camera shaped three-dimensional viewer. The 3D viewer has a built-in reel of 7 diametrical, 16 mm colour transparencies of Sesame Street characters teaching the alphabet. Unlike traditional View-Masters, this reel cannot be removed. A small Big Bird with his own camera sits on top of the body of the viewer. This object was designed for children's entertainment and education. A orange push down button on the front of the camera is used to switch scenes. Written on the front of the camera is the Sesame Street Logo.

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Push down button has problems switching reel. Colour on reel shows clear signs of deterioration and colour fading.

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Collected by the late Dr. Martin J. Bass and Gail Silverman Bass and donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives by Gail Bass in 2018.


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