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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