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 Posted:   Dec 28, 2008 - 5:47 AM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

I recently pulled out my old Viewmaster and reels from the 60s. I have one that lights up when you push the top bar down. I have reel sets of LOST IN SPACE, TIME TUNNEL, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA,STAR TREK, UFO TV SERIES,20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, APOLLO MOON LANDING,MAN IN SPACE,NASA, & DINOSAURS. These images still look pretty cool...even by today's HD/CGI standards. Anyone else here still have your Viewmasters?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2008 - 5:59 AM   
 By:   Thread Assasin   (Member)

Long gone, but they sure were cool. smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2008 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Daniel Schweiger   (Member)

Man, did I love Viewmasters when I was a kid. Had tons! Really loved POSEIDON ADVENTURE and KING KONG ones. Almost as good as the Anobile movie photonovels!

DS

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2008 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   James Anthony Phillips   (Member)

I sold them over 30 years ago. My first set was LOST IN SPACE. Loved them!

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2008 - 12:23 PM   
 By:   piano632   (Member)

I think I have one and some reels somewhere. Maybe in the attic. I used to love these as a kid and marveled at how they could make anything into 3-D. I also had a projector for them, but that would only show 2-D on the wall.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2008 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I used to have a set of reels from Ray Harryhausen's animation for THE ANIMAL WORLD. I would pore over those images, in 3-D no less, regretting that I'd missed the film in theatres, a wildlife documentary, with one pretty short sequence about dinosaurs, which was actually the highlight of the film.

Seeing the Harryhausen dinosaurs was thrilling. There weren't many reconstructions in the mid-50's. Now you can see CGI dinosaurs all over the place; TV even has better special effects than I ever used to see in movies.

If anyone is interested in this dinosaur sequence, by the way, it's available as a supplement on the DVD release of THE BLACK SCORPION, which I bought just for the ANIMAL WORLD footage.

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2008 - 1:11 PM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

the one I have( DINOSAURS )is the Harryhausen/Animal World stuff, but on all 3 reels without the rest of the documentary.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2008 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)

Still have a couple of viewers and reels from my childhood. Have the UFO set, but only one reel left from LAND OF THE GIANTS.

I remember the VOYAGE set, but it has ended up in the aether, like so many things.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2008 - 4:47 PM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

I don't have the viewer anymore, but I do have a set of reels from Star Trek (TOS) and Fantastic Voyage (cartoon series).

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2008 - 4:49 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I also had the LOST IN SPACE Set. I remember it was the episode with the Frozen Prison Space Ship. Cool. Loved the colors.

Zoob

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2008 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)

My sets are in storage.

My favorite set was one my sister had of Peanuts where they made little dioramas with figures of the characters in each scene to really give it that 3-D effect.

There was to be a Shazam! set from the live-action series but that was kiboshed by Jackson Bostwick because he wasn't told about it ahead of time. He refused to have his picture taken when the GAF guy came to the set. He had no idea who he was. When it was explained to him afterwards he pointed out that doing it wasn't in his contract.

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2008 - 6:15 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

I'd forgotten those things existed. How technology flies. They'd not raise an eyebrow today.

But I found one in my parents' effects. I remember having 'The Omega Glory' from 'Star Trek' amongst others, around 1970 or so.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2008 - 6:48 AM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

I'd forgotten those things existed. How technology flies. They'd not raise an eyebrow today.

But I found one in my parents' effects. I remember having 'The Omega Glory' from 'Star Trek' amongst others, around 1970 or so.


I have that one. The shot on the reel of the Enterprise in orbit was specially made for the set, not a still from the episode.

They could have picked a better episode to put on a reel. frown

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2008 - 7:00 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I have an old bakelite Viewmaster with several 3D reels of Civil War photographs. A friend has some Viewmaster reels that were installed in theater lobbies for CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE and, I believe, GORILLA AT LARGE.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2008 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

My dad had one. It's somewhere back in the other house. I remember reels from STAR TREK and BATMAN. There was also a lot of stuff like the Apollo missions, King Tut's treasures, and volcanic eruptions.

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2008 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

My dad had one. It's somewhere back in the other house. I remember reels from STAR TREK and BATMAN. There was also a lot of stuff like the Apollo missions, King Tut's treasures, and volcanic eruptions.

I remember a Houston Space Centre one, a 'Seven Wonders of the World' and many travelogues.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2008 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I have no idea what you're talking about here. Any chance you could post a picture or something?

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2008 - 9:37 AM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

Thor- Viewmasters are hand help 3 dimensional image "binoculars" (though smaller) which you place round wheels/reels into which have stereo still images of anything you might want to see...they've been around (the U.S.) for decades. They did tons of different subjects...check wikipedia or google "Viewmaster"

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2008 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

A-ha...one of these:



Amazingly, I remember this myself (or at least a similar type) from my own childhood in the 80's!! Can't believe I didn't understand what you were talking about earlier.

I remember having several shots from various Disney films such as the JUNGLE BOOK. But was it really 3D? I just seem to remember that they were regular 2D slides that had to be put up against the light?!

Anyways, lots of nostalgia connected to those.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2008 - 12:23 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

My brother and I had Viewmasters throughout the '80s and early-90s, though I don't remember a lot of the discs that we had. I recall some for The Real Ghostbusters, and I'm sure there were some Disney ones, too.

 
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