I love the old Viewmaster slides. Not to get nostalgic, but who didn’t grow up with these and cherish them in those innocent days before home video, the internet and You Tube? Especially the ones that had three-dimensionalized our favorite 2D hand drawn characters. Unlike today’s CGI movie remakes, the artists who created these viewmaster reels got it right. Brian Sibley did a great post on the subject on his blog which you should read.
Today I was made aware of a fantastic kinescope of a rare live local TV broadcast that went behind the scenes at the Viewmaster factory – Sawyers, Inc. in Portland Oregon. This episode of Success Story (via film collector Sci-Fi Bob Ekman) tours and shows the operations behind the scenes. It aired on KING TV out of Seattle Washington and on it’s sister station in Portland Oregon, KGW-TV. If you have any affection for the classic Viewmaster slides, I think you’ll enjoy this:
(Thanks, Marc Crisafulli)