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.
I 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?