Is collecting View-Masters and reels. Nothing makes me happier than to find a new set of reels , or a new viewer, or another projector. My most recent reel set is a packaged 3-reel “Mork and Mindy” set from the 1970s. I also have original 1960s Lost in Space, Star Trek, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Bonanza sets, as well as countless scenic reels, the oldest being from 1948.
A couple of reel sets I am most proud of:
I personally had never seen a commercial for View-Masters, so I had never seen this one, with Henry Fonda and a very young Jodie Foster:
Just as a few examples, I have one of these, produced between 1944 and 1947:
A bunch of these, 1946-1955:
A few of these, 1955-1977:
One of these bizarre and nearly non-functional models, 1986-1990:
And a couple of these, 1989-1996:
All in all, it is a fun hobby, and surprisingly inexpensive. You wouldn’t believe how many people remember and love the View-Master.
I know I do!