Item 2018.09.02.005 - Sawyer's 3D view master

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Sawyer's 3D view master

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2018.09.02.005

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  • [ca.1939] (Manufacturing)
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    Sawyer's Inc.
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    Queens (NY)

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1 piece of photographic viewing equipment : viewmaster ; 1 photographic image : 14 three-dimensional colour transparencies on 1 reel ; 10.75 x 10 x 7.5 cm

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(1882-1940)

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(1892-1963)

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(1865-1909)

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Item is a handheld view master manufactured by Swayer's Inc first introduced at the New York World Fair (1939-1940). Reel has 7 diametrical, 16 mm colour transparencies of Hollywood, California landmarks. The lever on the side of the viewer will rotate the reel one frame at a time once pressed. Originally this item was meant as an educational tool for adults but quickly became a popular children's toy. Item is made of plastic and metal. Reels are interchangeable and come with a variety of themes.

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Good condition. Images are clear while the leaver gives some struggle.

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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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Smithsonian.Sawyer's View Master (Online).The National Museum of American History. Retrieved from http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1129885

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