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View-master stereoscope (Sawyer's)
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- Sawyer's Inc.
- Portland (OR)
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1 piece of photographic viewing eqipment : view master stereoscope ; 1 photographic image : 14 three-dimensional colour transparencies on 1 reel ; 9 x 10 x 10 cm
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([between ca.1919 and 1966])
American company that manufactured three-dimensional view masters, three-dimensional reels and projectors.
Scope and content
Item is a handheld View-Master manufactured by Swayer's Inc and first introduced at the New York World Fair (1939-1940). The 3D viewer is made of plastic and metal. Reel shows 7 diametrical, 16 mm kodachrome transparencies of famous global landmarks. The push-down lever on the side of the viewer will rotate the reel one frame at a time. Reels are interchangeable and come with a variety of themes often ordered through a View-Master catalogue.
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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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Open. Records are available for consultation without restriction.