13.7.10

Absolutely Frabjous

Buy of the week was a circa 1950 black bakelite Viewmaster along with a set of reels for Alice in Wonderland.  Some kind soul has uploaded these images onto flickr and you can find them here.




We had been reading about the history of the Viewmaster (also Raggedy Ann, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head and other friends of our youth) in a book called Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them by Tim Walsh.






And this is how we know that Viewmaster made its debut at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

And now we are on the hunt for one of these:

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