Did you love your View-Master when you were a kid? I really loved mine. So imagine my happiness when I stumbled over this vintage View-Master and my husband gave me the accompanying vintage reels as a gift:
The putty colored View-Master (it has seen better days) was produced and distributed by Sawyer and it is a Model G, which is the first series to be made of plastic rather than Bakelite. Although the box has no date, it probably dates to a three-year span of 1962- 1965.
I have two different Cinderella sets, one of which was produced for Disney in 1965 and features animation cells from the movie.
The single disk in the photo is much older, as the tiny blue accompanying booklet has a copyright date of 1946. It is entitled, "Cinderella and the Glass Slipper" and has only seven images. I love its uniqueness: the figures in the scenes are molded out of clay!
(Forgive the fuzziness of the following images. I actually took the photos by holding my camera lens up to my modern View-Master so you could see a few of the actual images on the disks).
|"Preparation for the Ball"|
|"Cinderella Dances with the Prince"|
The other disk set features images of Paris and Montmartre by day and night. It was produced by Sawyers but was marketed by Sawyer's Europe, and the language on the disks and the jacket is French. It's possible that it may have been a souvenir for an American tourist. It also dates from 1965:
|"La Facade et La Place Du Parvis" (Facade of Notre Dame)|
|This romantic image is entitled "Repas en Plein Air, Place Du Tertre" (outdoor dining)|