Item 2018.09.02.185 - View-Master Stereoscope with stereo reels

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View-Master Stereoscope with stereo reels

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  • about 1951 (Manufacturing)
    Sawyer's Inc.
    Portland (OR)

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1 piece of photographic viewing equipment : stereoscope. - 18 photographs : stereoscopic reel ; col. - 1 pamphlet.

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Item consists of a View-Master Stereoscope manufactured by Sawyers Inc., with 18 reels, and a View-Master Reel List catalogue of available View-Master reels, dated September, 1951.

Sawyers first introduced the Stereoscope at the New York World Fair (1939-1940). The 3D viewer is made of plastic and metal. Reel shows 7 diametrical, 16 mm kodachrome transparencies of famous global landmarks, characters from popular culture, major events etc. The push-down lever on the side of the viewer will rotate the reel one frame at a time. Reels are interchangeable and come with a variety of themes often ordered through a View-Master catalogue.

Reels included are as follows:

111 Redwood Highway 1 California USA
186 Palm Springs California USA
188 Santa Barbara California USA
189 San Juan Capistrano Mission California USA
219 Holywood California USA
221 Los Angeles California USA
222 Tournament of Roses Pasadena California, USA
220 Homes of Movie Stars Hollywood California USA
289 Desert Cactus in Bloom
405-407 The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (3 reels, with story booklet)
710 Firefighters in Action (with story booklet)
800 Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd the Hunter
810 Tom and Jerry in the Cat Trapper
945 Roy Rogers King of the Cowboys & "Trigger"
950 Gene Autrey and His Wonder Horse "Champion"
960 Cisco Kid (Duncan Renaldo) and Pancho (Leo Carrillo)
Sam 1 - Adventure of Sam Sawyer: Sam Flies to the Moon (with story booklet)

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Donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives by Alison Skyrme in 2021. Added to the Bass Stereoscopic Photography Collection.


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