Saturday, August 16, 2008

Kenner 1962 "Gold" Slide #1 - Monkeys In Space

Today, we begin the multimedia Give-A-Show experience with the 1962 Adventure Time set! This set came with two 45 rpm records, which my new best friend Dave at the Children's Music & More blog graciously agreed to rip to MP3s!


Friday, August 15, 2008

Kenner 1962 "Gold" Slides - Adventure Time Set Checklist!

1962 Gold Slides – Adventure Time Set
This set was unusual in that it was released with two 45 rpm records with the audio on it – all the sound and usic were there, with no text on the slides themselves! When I get around to posting these (have to scan the slides and get the records ripped and converted into an embeddable format first), I'll set it up so you can play the audio file while you check out the slides!
1-Monkeys in Space
2-Dinosaur Fight
3-Fiercest Pirate
4-Mostest Horse in the World
5-Monster of the Ocean Deep
6-Greatest Athlete Who Ever Lived
7-182 Brave Men
8-Oldest Living Things on Earth
9-Giants and Midgets
10-Seeing Without Eyes
11-First at the Top of the World
12-The First Rocket
13-Brothers Who Invented the Airplane
14-Mountains of Flaming Rock
15-Finest Indian of Them All
16-Elephants Crossing the Alps

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Similar Products: Movie Viewers, Part 2!

For whatever reason, in the 1970s, the world of "Movie Viewers" took off, as several manufacturers all rushed to market their own movie viewer that used snap-in cartridges of film loops (similar to the Easy-Show Projectors) so you could watch movies!

Actually, it's possible some of them may have predated the 1970s, like this one...


...which may not be a true "movie viewer" at all (I don't recall the details about this item).


And I don't know if Tru Vue's "Roll-A-Show" was a 1960s item or not! But the things really took off in the 70s...


Kenner, of course, had theirs...


Ideal had their Pocket Flix... Heck, even Fisher-Price had their own movie viewer!

At first, these were all hand-cranked, but eventually, they got motorized...


But by this point, the market was falling off severely, I'd imagine, as it already had for the Easy-Show Projector and the Give-A-Show would follow soon after, as the home video market started to appear, and there wasn't a need for these (or 8mm or Super 8mm movies) any more.

And it's kind of a shame, really... I have fond memories of looking through these movie viewers as a kid in the 1970s.


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):


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.


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



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


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


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



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


At least most of the time!