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Object ID # 1994.013.010abcdefghij
Object Name Toy, Optical
Other Name View-master
Title Sawyer's View-Master Model C
Lexicon category 9: Recreational Artifacts
Year Range from 1946
Year Range to 1955
Made Sawyer's
Place of Origin Portland, Oregon, United States of America
Description "Sawyer's View-master" Model C optical toy (a), black plastic, metal and glass, made in Portland, Oregon. This model was produce between 1946 and 1955. The lever at the right side is moved down with a finger in order to advance the reel. One inserts a reel into the top slot. Some of the reel is left visible to aid in grasping it and retrieving it to change to another reel.

Three sleeves of View-master reels (bcdefghj): "The Christmas Story" (g,f), "The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth" (2 reels b,c and d,e)), "Ghost Town" (h), "Redwood Highway" and "Yellowstone National Park.(j)" Note: "Redwood Highway" reel is not in envelope labelled 994.13.10 b-j (01.07.2010) Location 21;4;23

1994.013.010 - View-master

Some toys were enjoyed by both children and adults. This optical toy allowed one to view a reel of colour slides, by aiming the device near a light source One advanced the reel to see the different images. The reels were kept in paper sleeves, and often depicted important events e.g. "The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth" or interesting locales, such as "Yellowstone National Park". This "Sawyer's View-master", constructed of black plastic, metal and glass, was made in Portland, Oregon, in the 1950s.

Donated by the Estate of Miss Lillian M. Burr
Makers mark Molded emboss-fashion with "Sawyers / VIEW-MASTER / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. U.S. PAT. 2, 189,285 / CAN. PAT. 406893 BRIT. PAT. 538492 / OTHER PAT. PEND. MADE IN U.S.A. / PORTLAND-ORE."
Provenance Made by Sawyer's of Portland, Oregon USA. Provenance unknown. Found among the Estate items of Lillian May Burr of Owen Sound, Grey County.
Collection Toys & Games, 20th-c Collection
Material Bakelite/ Metal/Glass
Dimensions H-9.2 W-11.3 D-7.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Burr, Lillian
Function These mass-produced optical toys provided entertainment for both adults and children. They were manually operated. A round reel was inserted into the top slot and the lever would be moved with one's right thumb to advance the reel to change the picture one was viewing. The viewer would often hold the View-Master up towards a light source to see the image better.