Item 2018.09.02.149 - Sawyer's View-Master Stereo Viewer (model C)

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Sawyer's View-Master Stereo Viewer (model C)

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  • [ca.1946] (Manufacturing)
    Sawyer's Inc.
    Portland (OR)

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1 piece of photographic viewing equipment : stereoscopic View-Master ; 10 x 10 x 8 cm

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Item is a handheld plastic black Model C View-Master manufactured by Sawyer's Inc. from the mid-1940's to mid-1950's. This model was the first of its kind to have a slot for reels to be placed in for viewing. The metal lever on the side of the viewer will rotate the reel one frame at a time once pressed. First, reels are inserted through the top of the viewer. Next, the user would look through binocular eye holes to see a three-dimensional image. View-Master can be used with ambient light. Later Model C editions came with an attachable bulb. The 3D viewer included a Royal Canadian Mountain Police sticker.

Written on object : Sawyer's View-Master Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. Can Pat.406893 Other Pat. Pend. U.S. Pat. 2189285. Brit. Pat. 538492. Made in U.S.A. Other Pat. Pend. Portland-Ore.

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Working condition, however, lever has been re-glued on.

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Collected by the late Dr. Martin J. Bass and Gail Silverman Bass and donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives by Gail Bass in 2018.


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