Childhood Memories Friday: View-Masters

Remember View-Masters? I came across my reels the other day. My View-Master viewer was black, hard plastic — not the lighter plastic of newer models. I figure my parents either got it handed-down or from a garage sale, as it always had a little exposed screw that I pushed down on to advance the picture — not a regular handle.

Nevertheless, it worked well, and I spent hours peering through the windows at the amazing images. Pointing the thing towards a bright light was always important!

I like the copy on the back of the reels: View-Master reels add the realism of stereo to the beauty of color to make pictures “come to life.” Each packet contains three 7-scene reels — or 21 full-color 3-D pictures.

Come to life they did. Some of the pictures really seemed like I could just step into them.

View Master reels viewmasterI enjoyed all my reels, and remember dutifully reading the accompanying booklet for each photo (boy, the facts I could’ve told you about the White House …), but my favorites were the stories. Who could resister that Little Yellow Dinosaur?

view-master reels viewmasterDid you have a View-Master as a child? What do you remember about it?

6 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: View-Masters

  1. One of my happiest childhood memories was the birthday I walked to Grandma Kamman’s over school lunch break. Aunt Ellen gave me a view master. I was THRILLED! I was either in first or second grade. Miss Lilly let me go around to each child in first & second grade (we shared the classroom) and show them a picture. I recall clicking it between each child (not really necessary in hindsight). Memories are made of things like this. Thanks Aunt Ellen. We love you!

  2. I remember my satisfaction at finding a reel for View-Masters when I was in Cote d’Ivoire, showing various views of the country there. I was pretty ecstatic about that. I knew it would be a way of making the country come alive to those who viewed the pictures.

  3. Yes, indeed, View Masters were really neat! I had one, too, and still have it…just don’t know where it is at the moment, but I am pretty sure that it is somewhere in cupboards above my desk in the family room. That cupboard really needs a good cleaning out and rearrangement, but not today. My children had the same black, hard plastic model that you talked about, and my grandchildren were fascinated by it years later. We will all miss Steve Jobs, but do we really need a new updated version of every modern invention every 5 minutes? Sometimes I think that we are too quick to discard the “oldies” but “goodies” such as the View Master. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  4. We have 2 viewmasters and lots of reels. Some belonged to my children, but the really cool ones were from my husband’s family because they would get them when they went on trips. My nieces were just looking at them the other day and i can’t wait until my granddaughter is old enough.

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