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Give-A-Show Projector
by Kenner
Give-A-Show Projector

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This memory was added on: March 11, 2010

Like other write ups here, I was the only one in my neighbourhood to have a Give A Show Projector in the early 1960's. I believe mine came with Huckleberry Hound and The Flintstones. The neighbourhood kids would all gather in my basement, lights out and sit in anticipation of our very own movie screening. What could be more exciting to a 4 year old! Sometimes we would make shadow puppets without the film strips and just the projector turned on. As time went on, we couldn't wait to get the new film strips. Many happy memories sitting with little scoundrels, laughing and feeling 'very important'. As the years have passed, I don't see any of those old friends anymore as the miles have separated us but I'll always treasure those golden moments. Thanks for allowing people to share their memories of these great times and great toys.

Mary S.
Victoria BC

This memory was added on: January 27, 2009

Reading all these memories made me feel like a little girl again. I remember working with the tape on my wrapped Christmas present to see if it was, in fact, my own GIVE A SHOW projector. I carefully retaped the box and couldn’t wait to rip off the wrapping and get down to business! I loved my GSP—I felt so sneaky after saying goodnight to my parents—showing my “movies” on the bedroom ceiling. I knew each slide by heart and showed them multiple times. What a wonderful toy!


This memory was added on: April 22, 2008

I thought I was the coolest kid at my school because I was the only one who had one in 1964. We used to close the blinds and cover my windows with a bedspread and show it on the wardrobe doors in my bedroom because they were white. I especially remember the historical strips. I learnt about Dick Turpin & his horse Black Bess and Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. The bright colours were just sooo cool because we still only had black and white TV.

Kerrie from Australia

This memory was added on: February 8, 2008

As a kid, Give A Show Projector was, to me, the greatest toy in the world. Being a big cartoon buff, I still am, mind you, I remember projecting images of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Especially, the great Hanna Barbera classics, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound and many more. The Hanna Barbera characters were the best of all. Now, sadly, they are both gone, but they have certainly given me many, many years of entertainment on end! Thanks for the memories Bill and Joe.

Glenn from Massachusetts

This memory was added on: April 12, 2007

Funny to see others also used theirs in the bathroom! Our windowless bathroom was the only place dark enough. 5 kids crammed into a tiny bathroom to see a few still images. Kids today wouldn't stand for it...and somehow that makes me sad for them!


This memory was added on: March 10, 2007

I received a Give-A-Show projector for Christmas when I was in the second grade. What a cool toy it was and still is. We would cut up the clear plastic from my Vac-U-Form set (another really cool toy), color pictures on them with crayons and make our own slides. I loved this toy so much that I bought one on ebay 4 years ago...when I was 48 years old!!


This memory was added on: February 1, 2007

I remember the Give A Show projector. I would come home from school for lunch and run into the bedroom to put it together, and watch. I would hurry and eat something then rush back to school.


This memory was added on: January 11, 2007

I also had the Scooby Doo edition from the 1970's, but I seem to recall that it also a built-in "close and play" type record player that provided audio for the slide shows. Anyone else remember this?

Stevie B.

This memory was added on: January 10, 2007

I wanted a Give a Show Projector more than anything in the world in 1962. When I received it as a gift for my Catholic Conformation I felt like a real big shot who owned his own movie theatre. My Mother hung up a white sheet in our dinning room and all my friends came over to watch the slides as if it was on a real movie screen.


This memory was added on: December 27, 2006

I had this Give a Show projector as well. What fun we had showing it on the bedroom wall with my brothers. Then my cousins would come over and we eve had more fun. Eventually my friend across the steet thought it was so cool. We became entrepeneurs and charged a dime to get into our club house under the front porch where we showed the movies. I had one of those "Easy Pop" popcorn makers that popped popcorn with a lightbulb in the device. We even sold little baggies of popcorn made with the thing. It was quite a production we had going in 1972. It was a year or two later I got a real movie projector...kids version but this one plugged in and played super 8 movies. In the summer of 1974 Again under the porch we played. Charging 25 cents for admission, popcorn and Kool aid sold as refreshments. We had the kids lined up to watch movies under the front porch. We made a few bucks apiece which was alot of money for us youngins back in the day. What great memories we have that started with the Give a Show Projector


This memory was added on: December 23, 2006

When I was 17 years old I was in grade 12 and my high school boyfriend told me in passing that he always wanted an Easy Show Projector as a child. He thought this was such a cool toy. In 1972 I found one of these projectors and gave it to him as a Christmas present that year. We had such fun 'playing' with it. The new movies "The Santa Clause" that have come out over the past few years and show "Santa" giving childhood retro toys to middle-aged adults brought back this memory. What a special Christmas memory.



This memory was added on: December 8, 2006

when the give a show projector was introduced, my niece and nephew and my self would go into the hall closet for hours with our projectors watching the slide shows and pertending to be in front of the tv watching our favorite cartoons!


This memory was added on: November 26, 2006

I remember feeling like I owned a movie theater. I had the bright red one. I'd turn the lights out and show a movie to my family on our white Sears Kenmore washing machine. It was the perfect projection screen!


This memory was added on: July 21, 2006

I think this is the toy I've been trying to remember since I was a kid! Whenever I had bronchitis, my dad would run the shower really hot until the bathroom steamed up, and then he set me in there with the projector to keep me company while my breathing eased up! I must have had bronchitis often, because the last thing I remember about the projector is that we had to throw it out because the batteries corroded and ruined it due to excessive moisture! Thanks for the good times, Dad!


This memory was added on: July 12, 2006

When I was a kid in St. Louis in the 1960's we had a local program called "COOKIE AND THE CAPTAIN" that showed Popeye cartoons and always had a kid on for his/her birthday. A friend of mine went on Cookie And The Captain for his birthday and they gave him a Give-A-Show Projector. He burst into tears on screen and said "I already have one." The man playing "The Captain" said "Well, kid, ya got another one." Of course, this was live television and we were ALL watching it! They broke to a commercial or a cartoon or something and when they came back my friend was nowhere to be seen. His mother tried to talk them into giving him something else but, no luck.

They gave it to me! (LUCKY ME!)

Our bathroom was in the middle of the house and had no windows so when you shut the door there was no light at all. Great for glow-in-the-dark stuff and Give-A-Show Projectors. This one had Dick Tracy and Joe Jitsu, too. I seem to recall the "big eye."


This memory was added on: June 15, 2006

I had this projector when I was not even knee-high. My pop and I would cut out the lights and view the slides on my bedroom wall. I remember one of the cartoon strips featured Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy riding a roller-coaster. Doggie Daddy gets sick, and his son Augie says something like: "You don't look so good, purplish-greenish Dad." For some reason, my pop thought this was hilarious. For years thereafter, I called my pop "Purplish-greenish Dad."


This memory was added on: May 5, 2006

It's amazing the hours of entertainment a Give-A-Show projector and a white sheet on the wall can give to five year old. Yogi bear and Johnny Quest all in the same show. What fun!!

Brian B.

This memory was added on: March 24, 2006

My parents had just built their first house, and I got a give-a-show for Christmas. My best memory of it was watching it on the tile in the bathroom. I have been searching for one for years. How quickly times goes by... I loved that silly thing


This memory was added on: February 3, 2006

The Give-A-Show Projector was one of my favorite toys of all time. One slide I particularly remember was from "The Jetsons." In 1963 I would hurry home get in the closet turn off the light and show my slides-what a great time I had.


This memory was added on: December 19, 2005

this was a cool toy!


This memory was added on: November 18, 2005

My sister and I got a Give-A-Show Projector for Christmas 1963. There were a few packets of strips, too. One packet was those Dick Tracy cartoons that were on every afternoon at the time, which would probably not run anywhere now because the ethnic stereotypes were outrageous: Joe Jitsu, Go-Go Gomez, etc.

It took about five minutes of playing with the projector the regular way before we got bored silly and began pointing it at each other. There was this one panel where Joe Jitsu is holding a magnifying glass up to his eye and looking through it so that his eye filled the whole panel. That one was our favorite: We'd scream "Aaagghhh! The Big Eye!" and shine the projector at each other's faces. It's amazing we didn't burn each other's retinas out.

Then if a grown-up came in to see what we were screaming about, we'd shine it at them, too.


This memory was added on: September 14, 2005

When I was 8 years old and in the hospital for tuberculosis, my mom bought me a Give-A-Show projector. It was a blast! I charged my fellow patients 5 cents to watch "the show" under my bed which had sheets hanging off the sides for darkness. I'll never forget it.

~ Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee

This memory was added on: August 12, 2005

wish i knew where ours got to. i remember friends coming over to watch. i could sit and watch the same ones over and over and not get bored.


This memory was added on: August 7, 2005

My husband still has his and our daughter has played with it for hours. She hides it from our toddler right now b/c it could easily be destroyed. We love it - still have the original Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, etc. slides!

PJ Hedrick

This memory was added on: June 25, 2005

I had one of these when I was a kid. My younger sister and I loved having our own movies with it. We played a lot of happy hours with this toy. I think mine was red, but I don't remember any of the names of the slides.


This memory was added on: June 7, 2005

I remember our commercials only seem to run on sunday morning when I was at church, I believe it was on Skipper Ryle's Show. Fond Memories

C Scott Hines

This memory was added on: March 2, 2005

Great toy. I remember watching the dinosaur slides like a million times along with the 45rpm record that had the narration, sound effects and "pinggggg" sound that told you to advance the slide. God I miss that projector. I think I still have the record somewhere.


This memory was added on: February 25, 2005

I had the Scooby Doo edition in about 1975. Loved it. So much so, I bought it off of eBay several years ago. It came with quite a few slides dating from the early 60's to 70's. My kids love to get it out and watch cartoons when it gets dark. I'm not sure if they enjoy the shows as much as standing in front of the projection and having Bugs Bunny or Speed Buggy appear on their shirt.

Tom Beiter

This memory was added on: January 15, 2005

I remember we would gather around and my mom would pull the slides through the projector. What fun! It was like cartoons right in our own home theater. I'm not sure what year but it must have been sometime between 1964-68. i remember one where a man was fighting a tiger. I've got to find that slide.


This memory was added on: January 8, 2005

I will never forget getting my first Give-A-Show projector. I asked for, and received one just about every Christmas. There was just something about them. My sister and I would play for hours with it. I really loved the one that came with the kaliedescope. And when they came out with the movie projector I got that one also, I do remember it was really hard to see, but it was still fun. As a matter of fact, since E-bay started, I have purchased a couple Give-A-Shows to put in my display case. I am 52 now, but still get it out and show the cartoons. I guess I am still a kid at heart.

Larry Davis

This memory was added on: October 24, 2004

I was in the 3rd grade when I got one of these for Christmas. Santa brought it. Funny though because I saw it under my mother's bed a day or two Christmas. Santa had a timing problem I think.


This memory was added on: September 8, 2004

I beleive I received one of these for Christmas 1954 along with a Barbie. I had a lot of fun showing "movies" on a sheet with my friends. I remember having the set where you could make you own scenes, althought I recall it being a big success.


This memory was added on: July 3, 2004

My sister and I invited all the kids on our street for a show. We wrote up tickets and took quarters. My mother made snacks. I think this toy was great fun, although the presentation probably did not live up to the hype.


This memory was added on: March 25, 2004

my dad took me to the Western Auto so i could get my Give-A-Show projector. it "had to be the blue one". showing pictures on my bedroom walls and ceiling wasn't good enough, so i brought it outside and showed the pictures on the neighbors house! fun time until he painted his house a darker color......the big pictures must have stuck with me, though. because today i have a 55 inch widescreen tv.


This memory was added on: March 17, 2004

Oh yeah: Johnny Quest, Yogi Bear...all that stuff was on my projector. I wonder what ever happened to it.


This memory was added on: January 1,2004

Well in the day in I had one the phrase "coming out of the closet" meant something a little different... I always hid in the closet with mine and shined it on the wall to watch it. I can hear my mom saying "come out of the closet and clean your room" or " its time for diner come out of the closet..


This memory was added on: November 19, 2003

i left very cheap non-alkaline batteries in the compartment which corroded in mere days rendering the projector useless. but my parents were probably pleased as they weren't subject to any more of my endless (and pointless) shows.


This memory was added on: October 10, 2003

I guess the person who was disappointed with his projector was too old when he got it. My boy could not read when he enjoyed his, but he remembered the words read to him.(I asked the company if I could replace the incomplete one we still have. Too late ....... "born too soon".) One day as I went past the deep, coat filled, under-the-livingroom-steps closet I heard a muffled, " Woodie's off at last! But much too fast!! Thank you Kenner.


This memory was added on: July 1, 2003

This had to be the biggest disappointment of any toy a kid could get!

It looked so exciting -- even though all it was was a cheap flashlight with little filmstrips you could slide through it. Projection range: about a foot and a half!

Steve Grisetti

This memory was added on: May 17, 2003

I had one of these when I was about 6 ('64), and thought it was the greatest thing! I would project all those images onto my ceiling, while being 'in bed'. :) Of course, this was well before DVDs and videos, as well as kids today having TVs in their room. BTW, you can buying these on Ebay...