Thursday, May 20, 2010

Movie Viewers!

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It's amazing what they used to get away with calling a "Movie Viewer", isn't it? At the top, a 1940s "movie viewer," and at the end, Chemtoy's 1960s/1970s model. You'll note that the viewer pretty much didn't change in a 20-25 year period of time. These simply were film viewers that you'd load a filmstrip into and advance a frame at a time. Kind of like a hand-held "Give-A-Show Projector" for one person to watch without batteries... or a View-Master without the 3-D.

I'd love to get my hands on these some day, because I'm curious as to if the films featured all new artwork, or if they were from cartoons of the day!

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