Feb 4, 2010

PSF - Old school entertainment

At the risk of sounding really old.........I grew up in a time when the viewmasters was an exciting toy. 
 It had a simple design that delivered brightly colored images.  I can still hear the sound the toy made as I clicked to each new image.



I was going through some very neglected drawers in Reid's closet and I found five old viewmaster cards from when the girls were little.

Would you believe that in this age of high tech everything they are still making viewmasters?

I guess there are enough parents still wanting their little ones to enjoy a little low tech fun.

Did you have a viewmaster as a kid?
Did you buy one for your own kids?


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38 comments:

latree said...

I had one but I think I've broken it. :D

Cecily R said...

I LOVED my Viewmaster!! The 3D effect was so groovy!! I had a Robin Hood set and there as one slide of Prince John that freaked me out...so of course I looked at it all the time. :)

I bought one for Isaac when he was little and I have no idea where it went. Now I'm sad...those pics of yours are AWESOME!

RhondaLue said...

Ours lasted forever. We bought one for our kids and then they came out with the 3d and the special sound effects ones too. Lots of fun and cheap, and quiet! (EXCEPT THE NEW SOUND EFFECTS ONE) LOL

DaBudges said...

I loved those when I was a kid!! Brings back memories....what fun ways to photograph them, too!

Robyn said...

Ah. the viewmaster, I loved the viewmaster. They had on Modern Family last night where he had his own slide thing made, I wonder if you can really do that? The girl has binoculars that have a viewmaster type show in them.

K said...

I just made a slideshow for my family blog and used the viewmaster background, and then I come over here and see yours! Funny!

I adored the viewmaster!!
But you know, I don't think my kids ever had one...
I need to look for one for the next generation! :-)

Casey's trio said...

WOW...they still make those? I had one and thought it was so cool!!

Lolli said...

I had one as a kid AND my kids have had them! I love viewmasters!

Chris said...

Between my kids and I, I'd bet we've gone through a couple dozen View Masters.

I can't resist once I get on in my hands.

I had a Wizard of Oz set that was my favorite (Well, that and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl)

CC said...

I loved those things!!!!

☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ said...

iHad to see the rest!
Lovely shots....♥

Erin said...

My viewmaster rocked! My son got one for a present, I guess it's supposed to be "portable" but you can't just pop the cards in an out, you need a screwdriver...what fun is that for a 2 year old?

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Take me back! Yeah we had one .... they were SO cool! We never bought one for our kids though.

Kathy C. said...

Did I say how cool that last shot is? I like it.

Jingle said...

I loved those things! I would actually really like to get on now! They are totally fun!

Together We Save said...

I loved these!! I thought I was so cool the Christmas I got one!! Thanks for the fun reminder.

Saundra@ItalianMamaGoneCrazy said...

Oh yeah baby!!! I LOVED that thing!

I wanted to tell you... your pictures always inspire and teach me to be a better photographer...

And I'm not just saying that from one Mother in Law to another...

I really mean it...

kaye said...

yes to both :)

what adventures we had. They came in handy as binoculars, or a camera----

Run DMT said...

Man, I love viewmasters! I had The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh as a kid. Now, my girls have their own viewmaster. Come to think of it...Where is that thing? I might need to dust it off. It sure would make a rainy day fun and something a little different than the Wii for a change.

Life with Kaishon said...

I thought they were SO cool! My brother had one. My Mom liked him best I think : )

Mama Zen said...

I loved my view master when I was a kid!

Pam said...

I loved my viewmaster. I had a ton of those things to put in there.

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

I regret to say I did not have one as a kid, but I did get them for mine!!! Nice post. ~

Emily said...

My kids got Viewfinders for Christmas last year and love them...they are perfect car entertainment!

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

I commented on the 365 that I had one. But yes one of my kids - I believe K-Girl - got one as a present. But she destroyed nearly all her little slides. I don't think she was quite old enough to enjoy it fully.

CDB said...

OOhh.. I love the B&W shot, too (yes, had to come over and check these shots out too).

~Melody @ 6 Feet Over~ said...

Oh my word, I had forgotten about viewmasters!!! I remember getting headaches from mine because I looked through them for such a long time each day! LOL I didn't know thye still make them...totally going to have to get my daughter one!

~melody~

blueviolet said...

There is something so magical about that simple toy! LOVE IT!!!

Jenners said...

Oh yes ... I had one and I was so surprised to see they still make them. I got one for the Little One but he was not too impressed with it. I guess it is hard to compete with all the other flashy toys out there today. I love your photos of them!!!!

Shannon said...

Yes, I had one as a kid. Probably had Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and Disney cartridges.

And yes, I bought one for Hannah when she was about 4 (so about 5 years ago)... she had Dora the Explorer and Winnie the Pooh.

Janean said...

i had a few b/c my little brother found they broke kind of easily! lol. ADORED them! and yes, bought our son at least one... :)

Mammatalk said...

This made me sigh a little. I so loved my Viewmaster!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Viewmasters bring back memories of many happy hours!

Staci Danford said...

My poor kids have never experienced the JOY of one... but man do I remember the fun they brought my life. haha I got a little tickle just seeing the cards here today.. Those were awesome toys.
Staci

Momisodes said...

How awesome are these pics! I just love the angle that you shot these from. I definitely remember those viewmasters. I've thought about getting one for my daughter. I think she would love it.

Jackie said...

I loved my view master! I even had the projector that showed them on the wall. We use to have movie night with them! What fun...thanks for the memories!

Tired Mom Tesa said...

My daughter and son just got new viewmasters for their birthdays and they love them. I remember playing with them when I was younger too. They really are so amazing.

lynda Howells said...

l came across your blog by blog hopping. Oh my goodness do l remember these from when l was a small child....l am 57!! Then my children, now grown up..loved them They gave hours of fun.x thanks for the memoryxlyndax

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