Viewmaster

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This memory was added on: May 3, 2009

I got my View-Master in 1970. It was a Talking View-Master! We only got small gifts that were toys. I started to talk about the viewer in that catalog around August an kept up the pace well into winter...That was my only gift, Oh pants an shirts too. What a GREAT Gift in a CAN!!!!! Our family didn't go places for vacation. But did I ever travel the WORLD!! From the floor of my room..I went to Yellowstone National Park almost every day!!, an Raggedy Ann and Andy,Oh what great reels an the Mother Goose Rhymes,Washington D.C. , Casper, Land of the Lost,what a place that was... LOL

I'm 44 now and still collect Talking View-Masters an Reels. I wish we had a club to swap an trade. I have almost all the reels NOW!! The plug took 15 years to find!! I told my MOM: LOOK NO MORE Batteries!! She says I'm still her baby,even after all this time!! I hope other will be inspired to tell there stories. WOW !!! SOUND! LOOK-LISTEN-LAUGH-LEARN GAF TALKING VIEW-MASTER !! I keep searching for that Talking View-Master Projector.

More Later,

Thomy Burkett


This memory was added on: May 3, 2009

Oh man, i totally LOVED this toy! - i remember looking at the slides of African animals for hours & examining the background, trying to figure out what it was like to be in Africa -

I remember Little Black Sambo, Alice falling down the rabbit hole - they were totally magical - i loved them!

Mary K


This memory was added on: January 27, 2009

I just found this site, funny how when we get older we tend to remember the good stuff from our youth. Trying to recapture it.

I received my dad’s old viewmaster, from my grandma’s house after rummaging through his stuff they had kept, The viewmaster itself was made out of some kind of plastic, I think it is called bakelite and about 20 reels. Mostly reels from their trips out west. His parents used to buy reels for him when they visited these places. Painted desert, Grand Canyon, Carlsbad caverns…..I used to love looking at them and funny, to this day I can still remember looking at them, trying to get enough light from the small windows on the viewer.

Then one Christmas I got my own red GAF Viewmaster with Disney reels. I really wish I still had them, it brings back great memories, as all of you had. Thank you.

Greg
1966


This memory was added on: April 12, 2008

Love this site! I have been feeling nostalgic lately and reminiscing about the "old days" when toys (and everything, actually) were so much simpler. Now days the toys are all electronic, even for the preschoolers. I enjoyed reading others' comments about the Viewmaster, that was probably my favorite toy as a child. I also enjoyed my Duncan yo yo and playing jacks. Also, did anyone else use silly putty to press on comics in the newspaper and the image would be transferred onto the silly putty? Loved the silly putty. Oh, and don't forget the slinky! Also, the paddle game - the paddle with a rubber band and ball on the end of it.

I also liked paper dolls - my mom used to let me cut women out of the sears catalog for dolls.

Thanks for sharing your stories everyone!

Lillie
1962


This memory was added on: June 5, 2007

Wow! When I was like 3 my cousin had the KISS view master set back in the late 70s. I was scared that they were peeking in my window at night! Well, come on, they were pretty creepy! Who would think to market KISS to little kids anyway?!?


JayJay
1974


This memory was added on: May 23, 2007

OH my goodness,

I'm so happy I found this site! The older I get the more sentimental I get! I had the Wizard of Oz reel and many others that I can't remember because I spent all my time wearing out the OZ reel....anyone else have the Oz reel? I would love to find it and look at it for old times sake!

bethey


bethey
1970


This memory was added on: May 8, 2007

Viewmaster pictures had a cool 3D, yet 2D effect to them. I remember having a bunch of disney movie viewmaster discs.

Also, I remember "Spoons" restaurants in northern California used to use viewmasters for their desert menu back in the late 80s, early 90s.


Jim
1974


This memory was added on: April 9, 2007

WOW this one does bring back memories! I actually have the canister pictured above!.


Manny
1968


This memory was added on: February 25, 2007

Way back in the early 60's (oh, God), I received a Disney Viewmaster Theater with nice brownish projector (with focus lens and cord), and additional viewmaster slide shows. This included Sleeping Beauty, Donald Duck and the Chipmunks, The Three Little Pigs. The box it came packaged in was a dual facility theater sceen (although I prefered to show pictures on full-screen wall). The back of the box was a simulated drive-in movie (with illustrated cars on bottom watching), and front was simulation of walk-in theater screen. I was always hooked on Disney, and this diversive package didn't help.


Robert
August 1956


This memory was added on: February 16, 2007

I still remember my ViewMaster. The pictures were so clear and the three dimension awesome! The disks I recall were "Three Men in a Tub" and "The Grand Canyon". We had probably six but these are the only ones I recall. I think the spring finally sprung and that was the end of the ViewMaster. : (


Mrs_Sully
1963


This memory was added on: February 15, 2007

I got One talking view master and two entertainer projector from my dad when i was a kid.He paid and booked for a projector, but he couldnt get it on time, so he informed the company. They in turn arranged to send another, before he gets the second one the first one arrived and later he had the second one too.Its still in good condition, and we children had a wonderful time with it.I want it to hand over it to my son but i spoiled my pictures with fungus,i dont know where i could find them and am not sure BAF foundation still manufacture them. I be very glad to pass it on to my son if i get films.


Prashant P.N
1962


This memory was added on: January 24, 2007

I had both the regular and the lighted versions. I still remember the reels from the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. It was just like being there. ( I was there) I never did go for the cartoons much, but I sure enjoyed the nature reels.


John Roden



This memory was added on: January 5, 2007

Just found mine after years in the attic.... Great fun sharing it with my owm kids, even got the original moon landing set wow



1959


This memory was added on: January 5, 2007

My first memory of my viewmaster was in the early 70s going to the kmart and picking out which reel to take home as a special treat. I tend to not be a pack-rat but my little red and white viewmaster was the one toy i held onto from my childhood.

I had told my parents it was the one thing i wanted to save (it had somehow been misplaced amongst boxes of family things) so if they found it i would like to have it. A few years ago they had a garage sale and gave away my viewmaster and all my reels! It was really upsetting for me and for years i have prodded them about it.

This Christmas my husband had a special gift for me. I opened a small box to find an original viewmaster circa 1970s and a few dozen reels (many of the titles were ones i had remembered and told him about). He had spent months tracking down the exact colour and these reels on ebay and even days before Christmas he was still receiving them in the mail.

I'm really happy to be reunited. This viewmaster will be buried with me (or if i am cremated i will find a lovely home for it! ;)


catherine
1970


This memory was added on: January 3, 2007

I used to collect the view master disc and the viewer ! Everyday I would came home or be in my house viewed the discs in the viewer of pictures inside ! I had fun with viewmaster because of the moving pictures ! a different toy then just dolls !


Elizabeth Lapicola
1975


This memory was added on: December 27, 2006

This was probably One of many of my favorite toys as a yougin. My brothers were older than I and I liked playing more by myself making up my own worlds and adventures. Viewmaster used to take me to faraway places. I had all the disk and rightly recall having a long box full of the viewmaster disks. Some of which were pretty old if I remember right. I'd play for hours pretending I was in the places depicted. One I remember was a reel of Cypress Gardens, Florida. I lived looking at the plants, trees, flowers and water skiers. At the age of 5 I decided I wanted to live in Florida. Now at nearly 44 years of age I live in the Florida Keys.


JD
1963


This memory was added on: December 8, 2006

"Clunk" I can still remember the sound as I was pulling the lever down, just like another viewer shared her memory. My view master was one of the most 'magical' toys I had.. I had Tom and Jerry, and 'Heidi', and the Mts. of NC..I loved this toy. and every time I see one today, it brings back wonderful memories of mine.


Sherry
1960


This memory was added on: December 4, 2006

I had both regular and talking ViewMaster viewers, and my all-time favorite set was the KISS one.


Gerald
1969


This memory was added on: November 30, 2006

We had an OLD ViewMaster - probably from the '40s. I remember looking at the old reels over and over again as a child... Loved the 3-D effect of them. We had one of the Expedition Park Rose Garden in Los Angeles - that was my favorite... it was SO colorful.


Kim T.
1958


This memory was added on: September 15, 2006

Hey, I still have my ViewMaster! I totally loved playing with it; I had Tom & Jerry, Thunderbirds and several others I just don't remember the name of.


Bijou-chan
1989


This memory was added on: August 11, 2006

I HAD THE SCOOBY DOO "THAT SNOW GHOST" LOVED IT. TO BAD THEY DIDN'T MAKE ANY OTHERS OF THE SHOW. I STILL HAVE THE MONKEES "LAST TRAIN TO POKEVILLE" STILL IN IT'S ORIGINAL PACKAGE (WITH BOOKLET)LOOKING BACK ON THIS I WISH I'D HAD TAKING CARE OF MY VIEW-MASTERS (ALSO GIVE-A-SHOW PROJECTER)BUT, WHEN YOUR A KID. YOU REALLY DON'T THINK ABUT THE VALUE OF THEM!YOU JUST INJOY THEM. IF I HAD THEM ALL I WOULD NOT SELL THEM!


ROLAND ZAMARRIPA
1961


This memory was added on: July 19, 2006

I loved my Viewmaster- as an only child it provided many hours of fun & entertainment. I got the Scooby Doo talking viewmaster canister set that had the Capser reels in it too one year for Christmas & freaked out! Watched them over & over for hours. I just happened to be on line & saw that they still make viewmasters. WOW




Lysa
1968


This memory was added on: June 22, 2006

I can remember spending hours looking at Cinderella, a zoo,and different Disney scenes What a cool toy!!!


Melissa
1967


This memory was added on: June 21, 2006

omg!! Instant flashback to a christmas past. I was eight or nine the year I got the one pictured!. I got that from my older brother, who paid for it from his first job. He put it under the tree a few days before xmas. I picked up the wrapped parcel, shook it to see if i could guess what it was, and sort of sneeked a peek at it, by ripping the paper just a bit. I only saw the little bit of white plastic on the top, and quickly fixed the rip so no one could see that i tried to look at it. I did not know what it was, and was very happy when I was able to rip the paper off on xmas day. As a side bar, in response to a previous posting, I remember watching rocketship 7 with Tom Jolls, and mopsy. Those were the days


christine
1967


This memory was added on: June 7, 2006

I had the Talking Viewmaster. I can't remember what reels I had though.


Gina
1967


This memory was added on: April 14, 2006

Well this brings back memories! There used to be a local show in the morning that used to be on after RocketShip 7. (In Buffalo NY) My Mom and I were in the audience and she was chosen to pick the winning address from some bucket or something. She didn't win the money but she won a Talking Viewmaster! Luckily she didn't play with toys so I got it! It was about the landing on the moon which was very much in the news back than, about the early 70's. Thanks for the memory!


Sharon
1964


This memory was added on: March 7, 2006

I went through a couple of Viewmasters in the '70s, which I had plenty of fun with. I had the typical red one, with reels of The Six Million Dollar Man, King Kong ('76 remake), Space: 1999, Batman & Robin, and others. A couple of years ago I thought about looking these up on ebay and getting them again, along with the KISS reels, which I never had. I never got around to doing that, but it's still something to consider when I'm in that nostalgia/collector mood.


Alex
1973


This memory was added on: December 28, 2005

I had the viewmaster handheld and the projector. I used to give "shows" for the neigborhood kids. I don't remember many of the reels I had, I know I had some National Parks, but what sticks out in my mind the most is Woody Woodpecker and Chilly Willy the Penguin. Anita, if you have a sample bulb, or a bulb number, check with TOPBULB @ http://www.topbulb.com/ . They were able to supply me with a bulb for my 1950 movie projector.


Terry
1951


This memory was added on: December 20, 2005

My collection of View Master starts with a Vintage Model A which is the prize of my collection, I currently have all models now and over 500 Viewers in stock and around 3000 reels. My love for View Master of course stated when I was a child in the early 50's and to this day, I enjoy going into my Theatre Room, where I still watch 3-D movies and have my entire collection of View Master on display. Thank You View Master!


Geary L. Hoover
1951


This memory was added on: December 14, 2005

My brother and I got our viewmasters in 1972. From then until now the discs we could choose from were not that plentiful. I am 42 years old now and my daughter 6 years old.She enjoys it immensely, but we battle to find new disc. We reside in South-Africa



Gerhard

1963


This memory was added on: December 13, 2005

I loved reading all these about this wonderful, almost forgotten toy. The viewmaster people were so creative with their clay figures and specially created scenes. My FAVORITE reels were the Batman TV series (then later Lost In Space). It was almost like having Adam West & Burt Ward right there in your living room. Later we got the "sound/light" version and would listen and look at the cartoon Superman pictured over real live backgrounds. Then along came the Viewmaster projector. Cool memories! Thank you!


Charlie Rose
1960