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View-Master Reels and Packets
A Collector's Guide
by Harry zur Kleinsmiede

 

This three-volume collector's guide is a historical overview of View-Master Reels and Packets since its introduction. It is an absolute necessity for the View-Master collector in the world, written by Harry zur Kleinsmiede, who has been collecting View-Master Memorabilia longer than anyone else in the world, starting in 1952 when he was five years old.

Volume 1
World Travel

Volume 1 - World TravelVolume 1 - World TravelHardbound, 256 pages including 16 full-color pages on glossy paper showing a total of almost 320 three-reel packets.

A Sample Page and the Table of Contents are shown below.

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Table of Contents
(
Volume 1 - World Travel)
  • Preface
  • General information
  • Chapter 1 - Scenic World Travel
  • Chapter 2 - Europe
  • Chapter 3 - Central and South America
  • Chapter 4 - Africa
  • Chapter 5 - Asia
  • Chapter 6 - Australia and Pacific
  • Appendices
    1. Single Reel Numbering
    2. Packet Numbering
    3. The Colour Pages
    4. Index to the Countries
 
Sample Pages


Volume 2
U.S.A. and Canada

Volume 2 - U.S.A. and CanadaHardbound, 400 pages including 16 full-color pages on glossy paper showing a total of 320 three-reel packets.

A Sample Page and the Table of Contents are shown below.

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Table of Contents
(Volume 2 - U.S.A. and Canada)
  • Preface
  • General information
  • Chapter 1: Scenic U.S.A. and Canada
  • Chapter 2: United States of America
  • Chapter 3: Canada
  • Chapter 4: The Disney Theme Parks
  • Appendices
    1. Old Single Reels 1939-1969
    2. Special Reels (SP-Reels) 1947-1954
    3. Early Unnumbered Packets 1955-1958
    4. Two-Reel Packets 1958
    5. One-Reel Packets 1958
    6. A-Series - Packet Numbering 1958-1977
    7. H-Series - Scenics 1977
    8. J-Series - Scenics 1978
    9. K-Series - Scenics 1979
    10. L/M/N-Series - Scenics 1980-1982
    11. 5000-Series - Complete Listing 1982-1997
    12. 2000-Series and 4000-Series - Scenics 1982-1997
    13. 8000-Series - Complete Listing 1987-1989
    14. Spanish Language Packets - U.S. Picture Tours
    15. The Colour Pages
Sample Pages


Volume 3
Showtime and Education

Volume 3 - Showtime and EducationHardbound, 960 pages including two full-colour sections of 32 pages each on glossy paper: one section shows View-Master Products, and the other one is called "View-Master Advertising".

A few Sample Pages and the Table of Contents are shown below.

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Volume 3 - Showtime and Education


Table of Contents
(Volume 3 - Showtime and Education)
  • Preface
  • General information
  • Chapter 1: Special View-Master Releases
  • Chapter 2: View-Master with Sound
  • Chapter 3: Fairy Tales
  • Chapter 4: Children's Stories
  • Chapter 5: Christmas, Easter and Bible Stories
  • Chapter 6: Adventure, Cowboys and Indians
  • Chapter 7: Cartoon Favorites
  • Chapter 8: Television Shows and Movies
  • Chapter 9: The Wonderful World of Disney
  • Chapter 10: Natural History
  • Chapter 11: Various Subjects
  • Chapter 12: Music, Art and Architecture
  • Chapter 13: View-Master Games
  • Chapter 14: View-Master Medical Books
  • Chapter 15: Custom Reel Projects
  • Chapter 16: 3-D Book Productions
  • Appendices
    1. Early Reels - Non-Scenics 1939-1969
    2. Unnumbered Packets - Non-Scenics 1948-1958
    3. Three-Reel Packets B300-B599 and T-Series 1958-1977
    4. Three-Reel Packets B600-B999 and G-Series 1958-1977
    5. E- and VL-Series 1958-1961
    6. Belgian D-Series 1970-1996
    7. H-Series - Complete Listing 1977
    8. J-Series - Complete Listing 1978
    9. K-Series - Complete Listing 1979
    10. L/M/N-Series - Complete Listing 1980-1982
    11. 1000-Series - Complete Listing 1982-1997
    12. 2000-Series - Complete Listing 1982-1997
    13. 3000-Series - Complete Listing 1982-1997
    14. 4000-Series - Complete Listing 1982-1997
    15. 7000-Series - Complete Listing 1982-1992
    16. 9000-Series - Complete Listing 1983
    17. The Fisher-Price Five-Digit Numbers - Complete Listing 1997-2011
    18. View-Master Bibliography
    19. View-Master on TV and in Movies
    20. The Colour Pages

The book also contains two 32-page full-colour sections:
• View-Master products
• View-Master advertising

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Supplement

SupplementThe book has 480 pages including eight full colour sections of four pages each.

The book follows the three volumes and gives additional information, unknown issues, new releases, excerpts from dealer magazines, and much more.

Also it gives an overview of Reel Lists and Order Forms that have been available for the consumer market until February 1980. As Dalia Miller says: "Reel Lists today are collected for their dated information, a glimpse into the past, providing a time line for the issue of reels. They are also collected for their beauty and variety as accessories or peripheries of View-Master collecting."

Available since October 15, 2015 (the day that 50 years ago William Gruber passed away)

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Supplement

 


Table of Contents
(Supplement)
  • Volume 1: World Travel
  • Volume 2: U.S.A. and Canada
  • Volume 3: Showtime and Education
  • Reel Lists and Mail Order Forms
    View-Master Reel Lists 1939-1944 / View-Master Reel Lists 1945-1950 / View-Master Reel Catalogs 1946-1949 / SP(ecial) Local View-Master / Reel Lists 1949-1951 / View-Master Reel Lists 1951-1957 / Canadian View-Master Reel Lists 1948-1955 / View-Master Library Lists 1955-1956 / View-Master Packet Lists 1956-1958 / Free Subject Lists in the 1960's / View-Master Mail Order Forms 1958-1972 / European View-Master Mail Order Forms 1962-1969 / Talking View Master Mail Order Forms 1970-1972 / View-Master Mail Order Forms 1973-1980 / View-Master Vacation Travel Guides 1984-1985 / International View-Master Reel and Packet Lists / Information and services for View-Master dealers / Personal View-Master Reel services

 

  • Appendices
    1. View-Master "Look Alikes"
    2. Alpha Cine View-Master Packets
    3. Basic Fun View-Master
    4. The Colour Pages
      Colour section 1: Alpha Cine View-Master
      Colour section 2: Various View-Master and Meopta
      Colour section 3: Fisher-Price View-Master from Mexico
      Colour section 4: The Earliest View-Master Reels
      Colour section 5: View-Master Advertising and the Personal Cameras
      Colour section 6: Basic Fun View-Master
      Colour section 7: Reel Lists and Product Catalogs
      Colour section 8: View-Master Promotion for Dealers

 

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An Index to the three Volumes can be found here.


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