Here's the checklist for the next set of Give-A-Show slides I'll be presenting here!
1-Superman-Race Against Danger 2-Three Stooges-Aqua-Nuts 3-Popeye-One Track Mind 4-Mighty Mouse-Good Noose 5-Lassie-Lassie the Game Warden 6-Secret Squirrel-Shrink in the Drink 7-Mr. Magoo-Abused Car Lot 8-Fury-Fireman Fury 9-Alvin and the Chipmunks-Moon Munks 10-Captain Kangaroo-Acrobunny 11-Roy Rogers-Nellybelle to the Rescue 12-Rocky and Bullwinkle-Alley Antics 13-Bozo-Shoe In 14-Casper the Friendly Ghost-A Frosty Friend 15-Heckle and Jeckle-Double Play 16-Stingray-Stingray's Secret Weapon
It seems odd to me that Kenner would've only produced one set for 1966, and what's even odder, that there's apparently only one for 1967 and 1968, too... and it appears that maybe the Super Show Projector was the only thing produced for 1969 (which had gold colored frames... I only have two of those, and if I don't manage to get one of these by the time I post what I have for '66 through '68, I'll go right into the 1970 set I have). If any of you reading this blog happen to have the '69 set, let me know what that is, eh?
I've realized I'm kind of burning through the sets at a pretty fast clip... all remaining sets have 16 slides per set, so that's two weeks and two days per set, and when we get into the 1970s, there's some slides that are two-parters that I'll post as one part... and when I get to Star Wars, that may be combined even moreso (as of this writing, I only have the first Star Wars set). So at some time in the future, the activity on this blog may slow down considerably unless I can latch on to more sets I don't have yet!
Here's something that's a bit different, and yet the same! Kenner's See-A-Show was intended to compete with View-Master, but it pretty much used the same format as the Give-A-Show slides; seven scenes, with text at the top! Although unlike the Give-A-Show slides, the See-A-Show used cards, so they tend to scan a LOT sharper than the Give-A-Show stuff!
So, before we get into the 1965 stuff (I was frankly surprised to realize that I only seem to have one set for 1964, and haven't seen any signs that there were others), we'll have some See-A-Show stuff instead!
1-Popeye-Popeye Booms Back 2-Dick Tracy-A Real Pepper-Upper 3-Mr. Magoo-Out of Step 4-Alvin and the Chipmunks-Fractured Football 5-Clyde Crashcup-3-Speed Omission 6-Casper the Friendly Ghost-Panic Stop 7-Barney Google & Snuffy Smith-Board Stiff 8-Bozo the clown-High Dive 9-Fury-Firey Rescue 10-Mr. Ed-No Pool Like a New Pool 11-Mighty Mouse-Punch for Lunch 12-Three Stooges-Tanks, but No Tanks 13-Captain Kangaroo-Growing Pains 14-Lassie-Timmy's Bad Break 15-Dennis the Menace-Come On In 16-Huckleberry Hound & Yogi Bear-Wash-Up for Supper
Something a bit different today before we get into the 1964 slides... here's a YouTube video I created of the entire Fortuna No. 239 slide set! Just compare these to what Kenner was doing in the 1960s... these are very sparse on text, and the text is set in pretty much random places... if you thought the Kenner adaptations of classics was really cut and dried, check these out! I'm especially amused at how they cut to the end without really resolving the plot's conflict first!
1-The Flintstones-All's Well That Ends Well 2-Huckleberry Hound-Smile, You're on TV! 3-Yogi Bear-Woodsman, Spare That Tree! 4-Jetsons-Rosie Gets Repaired 5-Quick Draw McGraw-Fastest Guitar in the West 6-Hokey Wolf-An Actor's Life 7-Touche Turtle-Blast Off For Balloon 8-Wally Gator-Wally Saves His Skin 9-Lippy Lion-The Dragon's Shadow 10-Auggie Doggie-Daddy Tries His Wings 11-Flintstones-Fred Thinks Big 12-Huckleberry Hound-The Right Caliber 13-Yogi Bear-His Kind of Hat 14-Jetsons-Elroy's Secret Weapon 15-Quick Draw McGraw-Gold Fever 16-The Flintstones-A Record Catch
OK, one more day before I post the checklist for the next Give-A-Show set...
The Give-A-Show Projector wasn't the only toy of its kind; it wasn't even the first one!
Here's the Flashy Flickers toy, which used King Features characters and a filmstrip format.
While Chad Valley had the Disney license for the UK, in the USA, it was the Magna-Slide people who produced these slides featuring the Disney characters!
I don't know if the Magnajector pictured above is related to the Magna-Slides.
Disney Give-A-Show-like slides were also produced by Sawyers Tru-Vue, which seems to have some relationship to the View-Master people... Pictured above is a set I won! The Tru-Vue slides were much smaller - about 1/4 to 1/3 the size of the Give-A-Show slide area!
And here's the Fortuna slide projectors, which were a knock-off by a Hong Kong company, also known as Spectrum outside the UK, I think. These were also scaled-down from the Kenner product!
Here's another model of the Fortuna projector!
And just for comparison, here's a knock-of of the View-Master Projector, which may hav been made by the same people!
Here's an item going way back... if you've been a follow of my blog "Random Acts of Geekery," you've seen the "movie viewer" type toys, which came with a strip of film you'd feed through, and then look through a view-finder to watch. The above projector used similar film, and I'd say it's definitely a precursor to the Give-A-Show Projector!
This is the oldest item similar to the Give-A-Show Projector I've seen... it's a 1935 Dux Kino, and I don't know if the 1935 is the year it was produced or a model number of some kind!
I don't know if this is a knock-off or actually licensed, but that projector design looks awfully close to Kenner's original design!
Just because Kenner discontinued the Give-A-Show Projector in the early 1980s doesn't mean other company couldn't do similar products! This Bandai toy from Japan certainly seems to use similar principles!
As I said, Kenner may have discontinued the Give-A-Show, but copies of it continue to pop up here and there! Look at this refill pack above... that's definitely the Give-A-Show format, and when I find a photo of the projector that went with it, that should look familiar too!
...I've got a thing or two to get off my chest, so bear with me.
If you're a collector of Give-A-Show Projectors, you've probably gone onto eBay a time or two to try and find items that are missing in your collection -- heck, I check it pretty much daily! -- and I'm sure there's been a few times when you've seen the starting bid or buy it now price on an item and thought, "Who the heck would pay that much for that thing?"
I'm guessing nobody is willing to pay those prices, and the reason I say that is because -- as I said -- I check eBay reguarlly, and ever since I started collecting, I've seen some items listed (especially in eBay Stores) for about as long as I've been collecting, all with ridiculously high prices, and they're not being sold.
Like, for example, a Bionic Woman Give-a--Show set with an asking price of $99. That is an obscene amount of money to ask, especially when there's another one listed for half that price (not that I'm planning to pay that much, either... I think $30 would be my top price, and that's only if shipping is $10 or less).
And then there's the people selling individual slides... Now, I can *almost* see asking $3 for a single slide strip, because if that's all your missing in your set, it might be worth it. Almost. I've only bought one single strip on eBay, and that was $1.00 for a Frankenstein Jr. strip with reasonable shipping.
But how about $10 for one strip, especially one that I have as part of a complete set I bought with package for $30 including shipping? It's ridiculous.
Don't even get me started on some of the other prices I've seen... in July, someone listed a 1981 Scooby-Doo set with beat-up box with a starting bid of $100. And the Star Wars sets, especially the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi-related ones, routinely ask for $250 or more.
Even if I won the lottery, I wouldn't pay that much for a single Give-A-Show Projector set. Not even the Chad Valley Planet of the Apes set only sold in the UK (That one, I might go $100 tops on, but that would be only if, as I implied, I won the lottery).
So, if you're a collector, even if you have money to waste, please don't fall for those overinflated prices. Even if that's the one item you need for a complete collection. Be patient, wait for someone else to list it at a more reasonable price.
These four slidestrips were designed to be used with the special Kaleidoscope lenses provided with this 1963 set. Since I don't have a complete set with both lenses, and don't have any way at hand to simulate the effect, you'll just have to settle for this for the time being!
So, before getting into the next set, here's a checklist, so you'll know what to look forward to!
1-The Flintstones and Pebbles-Fred Takes a Flyer 2-Popeye-Undersea Surprise 3-Mighty Mouse-Two Can Play At That Game 4-Rocky and Bullwinekle-To Catch a Moose 5-Alvin and the Chipmunks-Picnic Surprise 6-Roy Rogers-Trip Trap 7-Dennis the Menace-Where's Cowboy Bob? 8-Lassie-Stampede 9-Mr. Ed-Now Who's Talking? 10-Dick Tracy-The Robot Wrecker 11-Three Stooges-Billboard Butchers 12-Captain Kangaroo-Who Stopped the Clock? 13-Mr. Magoo-Class Reunion 14-Casper the Friendly Ghost-The Braggin' Dragon 15-Superman-Journey Into the Past 16-Whirlybirds-Air Fishing 17-Bozo the Clown-Chimp Chaser 18-The Gooney Bird-Gorilla Tamer 19-The Kenner Kids-Rambunctious Rhino 20-Alvin and the Chipmunks-Alvin's Big Catch 21-Dennis the Menace-A Trip to the Museum 22-Lassie-Lassie Gets a Reward 23-Captain Kangaroo-No Feathers for Bunny 24-Bozo the Clown-It Looks Like a Real Lion A1-Kaleido-Film A2-Kaleido-Film A3-Kaleido-Film A4-Kaleido-Film
Before we start on 1963, here's some photos of products similar to the Give-A-Show!
I'm trying to keep an eye out for one of these at a reasonable price! Tru-Vue seems to be the predecessor of View-Master.
It's amazing how many different Stellar/Fortuna projectors there were... and that projector is not nearly as big as the box art makes it out to be, by the way! I have one of these sets I'll share with you one of these days.
1962 Red Slides 1-Popeye and Olive Oyl-Victory at Sea 2-Three Stooges-Monster Monkey Business 3-Kenner Kids-Dive into Danger 4-Rocky and Bullwinkle-The Astronut 5-Woody Woodpecker-Jetty Propulsion 6-Roy Rogers-Mark of the Big Cat 7-Kenner Kids-Everglades Adventure 8-Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear-Poor Picnic Pickin's 9-Mr. Magoo-Magoo Gets a Checkup 10-Classics-Aladdin's Lamp 11-Dick Tracy-Case of the Missing Masterpiece 12-Mr. Ed-A Hitchin' Ed's Plans 13-Fury-Adventure With an Outlaw Stallion 14-Deputy Dawg-Bait From Outer Space 15-Mighty Mouse-A Whale of a Job 16-Classics-The Boy Who Cried Wolf
All these images (in their uncropped form, anyway), originated from Wishbook Web, a great site that I was alerted to at the Plaid Stallions blog. The proprietors of that website have dutifully scanned entire catalogs from Sears, JC Penney, Montgomery Ward's, and more, and made them available to check out!
There's all kinds of great vintage stuff shown there, including toys I don't ever remember seeing before! But here's the Give-A-Show stuff I could find there, as well as similar toys: