GAF View-Master Projector and Reels

I am a collector! You may know this if you have read my About Me page in my shop Shuushuu by Lulu or if you have read some of my other blog postings. I am sharing another wonderful imaginative item from my collection of vintage things!!!!

I own a Gaf View-master projector.

It is not a particularly appealing looking item but what it does is magical. It is a drab khaki color. It was made by Sawyer’s INC in Portland, Oregon in the USA. It contains a 30W bulb and feet that adjust up and down.

It makes a white wall come alive with light and color. There is a photo below:

              GAF View-Master Projector and reels

Well a View-master is nothing special without its reels of fantasy. These reels are made with KODACHROME film. And when the light shines through the film and projects the images on the wall and old familiar way of story telling begins. It is both visual and mental stimulation. The words go with the pictures. The reels I prefer to collect are the ones where artists have painstakingly created dioramas of plastercine sets and figures and animated them in still photography. The reels contain about 6 shots of different scenes.

I have a number of these reels, especially the Fairy tales.

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland: there is no date specified on the package. My dog chewed one corner and I nearly had a conniption fit. I also have Little Red Riding Hood, which came in a three set package and included Hansel and Gretel and jack and the Beanstalk. They were issued in 1950.

Goldilocks and the three bears was issued in 1963 and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (this is the ways it is spelled on the package) was issued in 1955.

I have included some stills from the Alice in Wonderland Reels:

After the Elixir – Alice in Wonderland View Master Reel (date unknown)

Tea Party-Alice in Wonderland View Master Reel (date unknown)

The magic of these vintage collectibles is the ideas you can imagine. One example is have an outdoor tea party, setup a screen made of a white sheet stretched across a clothesline and read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with the whole family and even a few friends. You have twinkling lights and cold ginger peach tea on a hot summer evening…definitely magica

Till Next time!!!

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