Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Similar Items: Movie Viewers, Part 1!

Before we get into the next batch of Give-A-Show slides, let's look at a similar product: Movie Viewers!

There were two different kinds of Movie Viewers manufactured... until the 1970s, there was the kind that just had a film strip that you'd advance one frame at a time (like this item shown below):

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This Superman set was produced in 1946, quite a long time before the Give-A-Show Projector appeared! Like View-Masters, you'd need to hold the viewer in front of some kind of light source to see the image when you looked in the view finder.

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A wide variety of characters were available in "films" for these movie viewers!

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And these were made avaialable through the 1960s, and into the 1970s, with more Superman ones, like shown above...

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Or Star Trek! By the 1970s, these were mostly sold at five-and-dime stores like Woolworth's, Kresge, and Kmart.

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There was a "cheaper" version, too... that didn't require looking through a view finder. This just used paper scrolls to watch the "movie."

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Although to be honest, these were called "TV Viewers."

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At least most of the time!

Jon

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