Tag: View-Master

A How-To Guide for Scanning View-Master Reels

A How-To Guide for Scanning View-Master Reels

Mental Debris
Recently a visitor to my View-Master gallery wrote in and asked how I scan my reels and get them ready for publication. So as a public service I'll go through the steps I take to get an image from a reel to you. Note that I don't profess to be an expert in this area, and by no means do I claim to have the best technique. I also tend to make things much more complicated than necessary, so keep that in mind. So here is my humble guide to scanning View-Master reels and getting them cleaned up. The Hardware For my reel scanning I use an Epson Perfection 1660 Photo Scanner. It's a rather old model -- at least a decade -- but does the job. If memory serves it came with plastic photo scan adapters, but they have long since been lost. See that opaque strip in the middle of the lid's un...
Venture Bros. Wrapup: “A Very Venture Halloween”

Venture Bros. Wrapup: “A Very Venture Halloween”

TV & Radio
Has it really been almost two years since I last wrote about a new episode of The Venture Bros.? Yup, seems so. And now here we are, with 2012 winding down, and we finally have a new episode from Jackson and Doc -- "A Very Venture Halloween." It's the first holiday-themed installment of the show since "A Very Venture Christmas" all the way back at the end of season one in 2004. Alright, enough history -- let's get into it. This episode was damn good, and sets the table quite nicely for the upcoming fifth season of the show. For awhile I thought this was going to be a typically light-hearted standalone episode, but Doc Hammer (who wrote this one) took things in a very dramatic direction toward the end. Let's get the frivolity out of the way first -- Dr. Venture and Sgt. Hatred han...
Vintage View-Master: Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Reel 3

Vintage View-Master: Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Reel 3

Ephemera
This is it folks -- the thrilling, action-packed, spandex-clad conclusion to the epic showdown between the heroic (if not slightly befuddled) duo of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and the teeth-clenching villainy of Spider Lady! In case you've just joined us, you can catch up on the first two reels here and here. #1 -- Still disguised, Spider Lady took the sacred idol. Wait, what's this about an idol? When the hell did this enter the story? This might just be the first MacGuffin in View-Master history. #2 -- Dynagirl's ElectraComp went dead. #3 -- Dynagirl was amazed to see two Loris! What! Two Electra Women?! Now we'll get half the investigating done! #4 -- But Spider Lady changed back to real self. You know, if Electra Woman did a little less posing she'd get a lo...
Vintage View-Master: Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, reel 2

Vintage View-Master: Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, reel 2

Ephemera
You've had a few weeks to cool down after the intense action from reel 1 of the Electra Woman and Dyna Girl View-Master reel set, so let's get back to it! As we left off, Electra Woman was in the semi-competent clutches of the vicious Spider Lady and Deidre Hall was desperately trying to get her agent to return her calls. I won't keep you waiting any longer, so it's back into Spider Lady's lair for more vintage 1970s-style superhero action! #1 - Spider Lady's assistant threw the switch-- -- and instantly transported everyone into a cheap '60s color TV set! #2 - --and Spider Lady had become Lori's "twin"! You know, both of them seem rather nonplussed -- bored, even -- by the proceedings here. #3 - "I've duplicated your voice everything." Again, Electra Woman seems...
Vintage View-Master: Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, reel 1

Vintage View-Master: Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, reel 1

Ephemera, TV & Radio
Here's one of the more bizarre View-Master reel sets in my collection. It was issued to promote the short-lived live action series Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, which ran for just 16 episodes in 1976. It was one of the segments aired during the first season of The Krofft Supershow, which itself only lasted for two years. Electra Woman and Dyna Girl followed the adventures of two comely reporters for Newsmaker magazine -- Lori/Electra Woman (Deidre Hall) and Judy/Dyna Girl (Judy Strangis). Over the course of the series the pair battled an array of colorful villains like the Pharaoh, the Sorcerer, Glitter Rock, Ali Baba, Spider Lady, and the Empress of Evil. The segments seemed to be a none-too-subtle homage to the Batman TV show from the '60s, as you'll see in this clip of the opening the...
Vintage View-Master: Germany (Nations of the World series), reel 3

Vintage View-Master: Germany (Nations of the World series), reel 3

Ephemera
And so ends our three-part journey through 1960s Germany (as presented by View-Master). Today we say auf wiedersehen to Bavaria and head northwest to the states of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Lower Saxony. #1 - Black Forest Farmhouse Has Stable in Rear OK, so not every View-Master picture can be a winner. #2 - Heidelberg's Arched Bridge and Famous Castle This bridge has spanned the Neckar River since 1786. That's a long time. #3 - Cochem Castle Overlooks Moselle Valley The Reichsburg Cochem had its first documentary mention in 1130. In 1151, it was occupied by King Konrad III, who declared it an Imperial castle. In 1688, the castle was overrun by French King Louis XIV's troops in the course of the Nine Years' War (known in Ge
Vintage View-Master: Germany (Nations of the World series), reel 2

Vintage View-Master: Germany (Nations of the World series), reel 2

Ephemera
Welcome back, meine freunde! I hope you enjoyed the first part of our trip through 1960s Germany, courtesy my View-Master collection. Our journey continues on reel two, where we stop by beautiful Bavaria in southeast Germany. One of the oldest states of Europe, Bavaria was established as a duchy in the mid first millennium. In the 17th century, the Duke of Bavaria became a Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire. The Kingdom of Bavaria existed from 1806 to 1918, and Bavaria has since been a free state (republic). Modern Bavaria also includes parts of the historical regions of Franconia and Swabia. It is the largest German state by area, forming almost 20% of the total land area of Germany.   #1 - Boys' Band on Parade in Dinkelsbühl Festival Dinkelsbühl is currently
Vintage View-Master: Germany (Nations of the World series), reel 1

Vintage View-Master: Germany (Nations of the World series), reel 1

Ephemera
My recent trip to Cape Cod yielded an unexpected treasure from a local flea market -- a large stash of vintage View-Master reels. Longtime readers of this site will have seen my postings of New Jersey and New York View-Master slides from the 1950s. Up next we hop on a plane (or boat) and head over to Europe to pay a visit to Germany of the early 1960s. Or at least I'm guessing it's the early 1960s. There's no date printed on the reels or the booklet but the latter mentions the Berlin Wall, which was built in 1961. Further, these reels were published by Sawyer's back when they owned View-Master, which was true until they were acquired by the General Aniline & Film (GAF) Corporation in 1966. So there you go. So let's get going already. Here's the first of three reels depicting Germ...