Lulu's Vintage

View-Master Past and Present


My husband and I occasionally volunteer at the 3D Center of Art and Photography here in Portland. It's the only 3D museum in the U.S.
    The museum has everything from antique stereocards to the latest in 3D art.
     Currently they are having an exhibit titled "The Magic of View-Master". Which features sculptures that were made by View-Master artist Joe Liptak (pictured above).
    As a child looking at View-Master reels I found them to be magical. But, I never stopped to think of all the work that went in to the production of the reels. For a long time View-Master subject matter was lovingly and painstakingly made by hand by a small group of View-Master artists.
    Unfortunately most of these marvelous sculptures were thrown in the dumpster but, Joe Liptak had the foresight to rescue a lot of his sculptures. You can see these on display at the museum until this Sunday May 27. There is also a 3D movie on View-Master that you can watch and 3D pictures of Joe Liptak's sculptures that you can purchase.

Today, the art of 3D is alive and well!
    Portlander Vladmaster creates her own sets and stories and even assembles by hand her View-Master reels. She has travelled across the U.S. and the U.K. giving Vladmaster performances.
    Vladmaster was featured in the May 13th edition of The New York Times Magazine in an article titled "Toy Story".
    The photograph pictured above is from her set titled "Franz Kafka Parables". You can purchase this set and many other Vladmaster sets at her site and the 3D Center's site
Vintage View-Master Reels for Sale over on eBay..

1965 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.
You can "Buy It Now" for $13.50 over at American Estates And Magnet Kings on eBay

The Flintstones Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.
You can "Buy It Now" for $14.99 over at Uffdahhh on eBay.

1965 Cinderella.
You can "Buy It Now" for $13.50 over at American Estates And Magnet Kings on eBay.

1966 Jungle Book.
The Current bid is $0.99 over on eBay

1959 Sleeping Beauty.
You can "Buy It Now" for $19.95 over at Mad River Auction Center on eBay.

1960 Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear.
You can "Buy It Now" for $12- over at Judy Treasures on eBay. 

1962 Bullwinkle.
You can "Buy It Now" for $29.99 over at Life's Simple Pleasures on eBay.

1970's Bugs Bunny.
You can "Buy It Now" for $7.99 over at mike's collectibles of nj on eBay.

1955 Woody Woodpecker.
You can "Buy It Now" for $9.99 over at Old Toys Games and Cool Stuff on eBay.

Tron gift set includes 3 reels and viewer.
You can "Buy It Now" for $150- over at Weird at my school Trading CO on eBay

This post was originally published on May 23, 2007.