Our Newest Old Toy


Little Sis has been begging me for an old View-Master, ever since we saw one last October at the Kansas Barn Sale.  The one at the Barn Sale was a heavy old Bakelite model, similar to this one.  The asking price was $15, and the mechanism didn't seem to be working too well, so I told her that in this case, I'd rather get her a new one.  However, Christmas came and went and everyone seemed to have forgotten about it.

Then last week, while the girls were out of school for teacher in-service, we paid a visit to our favorite antique mall.  There, we found another old Bakelite View-Master.  It had a reel inside it already, so I tried it out.  Or I tried to try it out.  The handle wouldn't move.  I told her no, but that we'd keep looking.  Again, we found another Bakelite View-Master.  This one sat on a pile of old Kodachrome reels.  I put one in and tried it out.  Oops.  The View-Master almost ate the reel!  I told her no, we'd keep looking.  Finally, in another part of the mall, stacked on a shelf with some fabulous old cameras, was a box.  Inside the box was a fabulous 1960s plastic View-Master!  There were no reels, so we raced back to the stack of reels under the second View-Master.  I put one in and magic happened.  The asking price on the old plastic View-Master (with original box!) was much lower, and it was 25% off on top of that, pretty comparable to what you'd pay for a new one today.  We picked out some of the Kodachrome reels, and voila!  Little Sis has her coveted View-Master.




 The "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" reel was the first one we tried out.  I love it.  And look at the original booklet!



We also picked out "A Day at the Circus," featuring photos of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey at work.



And finally, since we have never been to a Disney theme park - well, Mr. B has been to Tokyo Disney, but that's it - I grabbed these wonderful vintage Disneyland reels!



And Little Sis learned a valuable lesson.  Price isn't the only thing Mama is picky about.  The darned thing had better work, too!



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Comments

  1. oh WOW! this is amazing! what cool reels you found to go with! i had one when i was small, the red one, it wasn't cool retro like yours! is the small world reel amazing?? oh what fun! so excited for you guys!

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    1. I had the red plastic View-Master with the orange lever. The "Small World" reel is pretty cool. It's wild how 3-dimensional the images are as you look through the viewer!

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  2. I've been thinking about getting one of these for Miss C., but haven't been able to determine if she'll actually enjoy it. I loved mine when I was a kid and can still remember the Christmas when I received the blue projector. xoxo

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    1. My sister had the blue projector! And at my grandparents' house in Oklahoma, we had one of the Fisher Price movie camera viewers, with Disney's "Lonesome Ghosts." The good news is the new ones are pretty inexpensive. Nice stocking stuffer-type gifts. :)

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  3. I didn't have one but my friends did! I remember it was so awesome. Did you know they make miniature ones too? And they work apparently.

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  4. Oh how coooooooooooooooooooool. In the 80s I had one and I actually got caught stealing a Michael Jackson reel for it. ;)

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    1. Haha! I want a Michael Jackson reel! That would be awesome!

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  5. It looks so cool! Love those reels. I always wanted a view master when I was little, then I got this plastic red one for my daughter when she was way too young for it, it's not a pretty vintage one though. We have only one set of snow white reels, gotta get some new ones! Oh, and she's just starting to get the hang of it.. :)

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    1. I had a red one with an orange lever growing up. :) I'm curious if new reels will work with this old one, since they advertise them as 3-D now. The images on the vintage reels look pretty 3-dimensional, though...

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    1. It's pretty fun! I figure we can just add reels here and there as we find them.

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