This looks like an early Viewmaster.


Gone is the old-fashioned parlor stereoscope of a generation ago, but its counterpart, in modern guise, has just made its appearance. The new pocket-sized form of the instrument, illustrated above, is as small as a pair of opera glasses and uses thirty-five-millimeter motion picture film instead of paper photographs. A shift lever causes the pictures to appear.

  1. Stannous says: April 9, 20078:57 pm

    you’re absolutely right, I think the Viewmaster even uses 35mm film.

    Check out this 3D viewer site- lots of vintage stuff!

  2. Charlie says: April 9, 200710:11 pm

    Very cool site.

  3. jayessell says: April 10, 20078:06 am

    Re #1:

    The viewmaster reel transpanencies are way smaller than 35mm.

    16mm or some proprietary scale.

    Re #2

    I’ll check that out. Thanks.


    The guys who developed HDTV, should have made 3DTV instead.

    Supposedly at a recent Consumer Electronics Show, LG, the maker of LCD TVs amoung other things, demonstrated a goggelless 3D large screen LCD.

    I suspect to get the left eye/right eye seperation, the viewers would have to be in designated areas in front of the screen.

    (My ascii-fu is weak but something like this…)



    where bands of left eye image and right eye image areas from the screen have to meet the viewers’ appropriate eye.

  4. Andrew L. Ayers says: May 12, 20103:04 pm

    I own one of these (or one really similar). I found it an antique store; it came with one roll of images (but the roll has been stored for so long that I don’t dare to try to unroll it) – its about the same vintage, from what I remember. I consider it a part of my “virtual reality” collection…

  5. Toronto says: May 12, 20108:56 pm

    Post Cereal gave away somewhat similar 3d viewers in the early ’60s. If I recall, you got the viewer for 3 box tops, and a slide or two in every box. Probably half-frame 35mm film.

    I had a whole set of dinosaur slides. Post cereals were mostly crap, but they had the best bonuses and the best cartoons.

    (Actually, Shredded Wheat/Shreddies had the best promotional items – things like checker sets and sets of fighter planes (1:288 or smaller), etc. But what kid ate those?)

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