The Nostalgic Mini Worlds Through the Eye of the View Master


Remember the stereoscopic View-Master and the reels that came along with it? It was a toy that catered to all ages as minuscule photographs could be seen anywhere, anytime, at the palm of the hand.

Introduced in 1939, just four years after the advent of the Kodachrome color film, the creators of the View-Master found a practical use of small, high-quality photographs. The View-Master gained popularity in the 60's, 70's and 80's and it was very popular among children.

It would be used to show narrations and Kodachrome-like adaptations of films and cartoons such as The Flinstones, Muppets, Charlie Brown, and Disney.

Enthusiast Lance Cardinal managed to extract shots from the reels using a lamp and a regular digital camera, lighting the reel from behind and macro-zooming them. Here are some of the extracted shots from old View-Master reels.

Images are from Flashbak

2017-09-03 #culture #still-life #view-master #miniature-photography


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  1. pannydeters
    pannydeters ·

    Does anyone know, where those typically shot on Kodachrome? Or was it a different film or process?

  2. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    i remember old tipster "ttv" or through the viewfinder where shoot with analogue through the old camera to get this such result just like the photo above

  3. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    rrr i mean shoot with digital camera through the old camera viewfinder

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