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Harry zur Kleinsmiede - In Memoriam

We are sad to report the death of Harry Zur Kleinsmiede. Harry started a life-long love affair when he started collecting View-Master® items in 1952 that has now ended with his passing in the year 2020. Harry authored the definitive View-Master® books in a set of three volumes along with a fourth supplemental publication to the three volumes. In memory of Harry, we present the reviews of his monumental books that appeared in previous issues of 3-D Review Online Magazine. Rest in peace, Harry. You will be missed.

View-Master® Reels and Packets - A Collector's Guide Vol. 1 - World Travel
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in the March 2004 issue of 3-D Review Online Magazine.

View-Master® Reels and Packets Vol. 1 World TravelDo you know what title was the first American blister pack? This bit of View-Master® trivia is only one of the thousands of facts you will find in View-Master® Reels and Packets Vol. 1 - World Travel.

View-Master® Reels and Packets Vol. 1 World Travel is Volume One of a three-volume historical overview of View-Master® Reels and Packets. The collector's guide contains a list of all known View-Master® Reels and Packets related to world travel since the introduction of the product.

The guide was written by Harry zur Kleinsmiede, who collected View-Master® memorabilia longer than anyone else in the world, starting in 1952 when he was five years old. Harry describes how, when he was in a hospital at the age of four, he first discovered View-Master®. His lifetime love for the toy led to production of reels, books and albums he published for 3-D Book Publications as well as the collector's guides. The guide also features a short history of View-Master® including packet identification, test reels, different languages and much more.

The guide is arranged geographically. This makes it easy to quickly find the areas you are interested in that are available on reels and packets.

The guide is lavishly illustrated with photographs, reel faces and illustrations on nearly every page. There are also 16 pages in full color featuring 317 highly desireable View-Master® packets. Published in The Netherlands, the book features both U.S.A. and many rarely seen international packet designs.

Table of Contents
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

  • Single Reel Numbering.
  • Packet Numbering.
  • The Colour Pages.
  • Index to the Countries.

Hardbound, 256 pages including 16 full-color pages on glossy paper. ISBN #90 71377 57 1.

You won't want to put this book down when you first get it. It is a highly recommended addition to your 3-D library.

View-Master® Reels and Packets - A Collector's Guide Vol. 2 - U.S.A. and Canada
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in the March 2004 issue of 3-D Review Online Magazine.

View-Master® Reels and Packets Vol. 2 U.S.A. and CanadaDid you know a special View-Master® Presidential Gift set featuring the U.S.A. in 3-D pictures was produced in 1971 and created for special use by the Nixon White House as a gift during special visits outside the U.S.A? You can see a photograph of this elegant set and find out about thousands of more facts in the book View-Master® Reels and Packets Vol. 2 - U.S.A. and Canada written by Harry zur Kleinsmiede.

This is Volume Two of a three-volume historical overview of View-Master® Reels and Packets. Volume Two of the collector's guides contains a list of all known View-Master® Reels and Packets related to the U.S.A. and Canada since the first reels rolled out of the factory over a half century ago.

The guide is arranged by state and number. This makes it easy to quickly find the areas you are interested in that are available on reels and packets. Editor's Note: I was quite surprised to find how up to date and complete this book is. It even includes a photograph and information about the Missouri State Fair blister card.

The guide is lavishly illustrated with photographs, reel faces and illustrations on nearly every page. There are also 16 pages in full color featuring 318 highly desireable View-Master® packets. Published in The Netherlands, the book features both U.S.A. and many rarely seen international packet designs.

Table of Contents
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

  • Old Single Reels 1939-1969.
  • Special Reels (SP-Reels) 1947-1954.
  • Early Unnumbered Packets 1955-1958.
  • Two-Reel Packets 1958.
  • One-Reel Packets 1958.
  • A-Series - Packet Numbering 1958-1977.
  • H-Series - Scenics 1977.
  • J-Series - Scenics 1978.
  • K-Series - Scenics 1979.
  • L/M/N-Series - Scenics 1980-1982.
  • 5000-Series - Complete Listing 1982-1997.
  • 2000-Series and 4000-Series - Scenics 1982-1997.
  • 8000-Series - Complete Listing 1987-1989.
  • Spanish Language Packets - U.S. Picture Tours.
  • The Colour Pages.

Hardbound, 400 pages including 16 full-color pages on glossy paper. ISBN # 90 71377 58 X.

You'll find yourself referring to this book when you pick up some rare packets. It is a highly recommended addition to your 3-D library.

View-Master® Reels and Packets - A Collector's Guide Vol. 3 - Showtime and Education Book Review
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in the February 2012 issue of 3-D Review Online Magazine.

View-Master Reels and Packets Vol. 3 book cover art

Harry Zur Kleinsmiede started a life-long love affair when he started collecting View-Master® items in 1952. 60 years past that date, Harry completed the third in his trilogy of books about his favorite topic with the publication of View-Master® Reels and Packets - A Collector's Guide Vol. 3 - Showtime and Education. This hefty 960-page tome is the culmination of a lifetime of discovering the nuances of a product loved by millions around the world. Reading this publication is a treat more special than circling the View-Master® packets you wanted Santa to bring you in a 1960's Sears Christmas Wishbook.

View-Master® Reels and Packets: A Collector's Guide Volume 3 is not a retread the same old information you can find by doing a web search. It contains page after page of truly little known facts about View-Master® products. The history stored in this one book alone is more than a stroll down memory lane. This is a true encyclopedia of the rare, the wonderful and the whimsical thrill everyone gets when they peer into those two lenses and enter the 3-D world created by View-Master® inventor William Gruber.

Many of the most sought after View-Master® packets are the showtime reels. It is fitting this book is the largest in the trilogy with such a popular collecting genre. Who doesn't want to have a set of The Munsters, The Addams Family, Lost in Space, Disney and James Bond movies, or one of their other favorite TV shows or movies in their collection. The book also goes into detail about many movie reels that never made it to the consumer even though prototypes were made, such as a photo of a Back to the Future III View-Master® gift set, planned for release in 1990 but sadly never issued.

Kleinsmiede entertains the intellect of the reader with a mix of material that blends the well known with the extraordinary. Entries are culled from a lifetime of snippets obtained through personal contact with factory insiders and others. References such as this one from in a letter from Gruber's widow, Norma Gruber, dated Jan. 30, 1978: "The whole policy of View-Master® was changed after the company, Sawyer's Inc., was sold to GAF. The educational program was dropped almost completely. This, using the View-Master® as a great form of education, had been William's prime interest. He was working on the Chinese Art set at the time of his death in 1965. This work was finished by Mr. Brost, an ex-president of Sawyer's (who sold the company to GAF, much to his regret) and by me."

Before you get to page 21, you'll find out about the different techniques View-Master® used to bring 3-D images to the public, from true stereography to stereo drawings, a chronicle of the "three dimensional multi-views" technique used starting in 1978 to the amazing digital revolution of 2004, in which some 3-D conversions are so expertly done even an experienced 3-D enthusiast would find it hard to tell it was a conversion. There are more than 900 wonderful pages to go.

You'll be treated to descriptions, packet art and views from the weird, such as the Tomy®/View-Master® collaboration that created reels for the Japanese market, including the Ultraman packet, featuring the hero fighting rubber suited Godzilla-like monsters, to the sublime, such as the complimentary space reels produced in 1962 with scenes from John Glenn's spaceflight different than the three-reel packet B657.

The book contains two sections with a total of 64 color pages printed on glossy paper. The first section features a variety of View-Master® products including reel package art and the second section shows "View-Master® Advertising" from around the world.

View-Master® Reels and Packets Supplement Hardback Book
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in the March 2016 issue of 3-D Review Online Magazine.

View-Master® Reels and Packets Supplement cover art

Harry Zur Kleinsmiede published a hardback book supplement to his View-Master® Reels and Packets Collector's Guides Vol. 1, 2 and 3 books.

As with the first three books, this edition is lavishly illustrated with several full-color pages for each chapter and some special color inserts, too. As usual, Harry has included the rarest of the rare, uncovering more items you never knew existed in the world of View-Master® collecting. The book includes a linear history of reel lists and mail order forms with examples galore. View-Master® adversiting, displays, ads, catalogs and more help the extended collector know what gems are out there to be found.

"One of the Interesting articles found on page 430 was about a service that View-Master® offered that I never knew existed," said Van Beydler, editor of 3-D Review Online Magazine. "The View-Master® Duplicating Service offered dealers the opportunity to make copies of existing View-Master® Personal® reels. I would love to get my hands on that duplicating machine," said Beydler.

We like the addition that chapters are easily found by using the printing on the paper side of the book. It is easy to find the chapters with this visual guide of this 448 page book.

Some of the new topics in the supplement include:

  • Reel reprinting for a different language
  • Patent numbers and trademarks
  • Alpha Cine View-Master® packets and Viewer Wraps
  • Sawyer's Europe
  • The end of the Belgian made single reels
  • My personal View-Master® Memories
  • View-Master® France
  • Problems with a special packet Harewood House C305
  • Sawyer's View-Master® Made in Spain
  • Tyco View-Master® for Brazil
  • Spanish language reels for Mexico and South America
  • Fisher-Price View-Master® Made in Mexico
  • Sawyer's View-Master® Made in India
  • The Land - The Book and Your View-Master®
  • View-Master® in Japanese
  • Sawyer's View-Master® Made in Australia
  • SPecial Reels new type View-Master® reel announced
  • New style, short blister packs since 2006
  • View-Master® used as evidence in court
  • Off Fair Trade but not for View-Master® products
  • Sawyer's policy on improving the reels
  • One View-Master® Reel jackets
  • Nifty Fun House offer with View-Master® stereo viewer
  • The story of The White House View-Master® packet
  • View-Master® Travel-Pak
  • New Appendix Scenic America Reels
  • New Appendix Swing-Out Packets
  • $800,000 plant expansion completed by Sawyer's Inc.
  • Basic Fun - The relaunch of View-Master® in 2013
  • View-Master® 75th Anniversary
  • Playskool Blister Packs
  • See-Hear Stories
  • The FAB Book of Gerry Anderson View-Master® Sets
  • Why D277 Charlie Chalk never went into production
  • New compact viewer in medical studies
  • Custom reel numbering in the early years
  • View-Master® reel lists and order forms
  • View-Master® look alikes
  • The Bibliography of William H. Gruber

The 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
V iew-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
View-Master "Look Alikes"
Alpha Cine View-Master Packets
Must See 3-D Award.Basic Fun View-Master
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

All of Harry's View-Master® books received an Editor's Choice "Must See 3-D™ Award" from 3-D Review Online Magazine.

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Georgia Estate Sale Offers Massive View-Master® Collection

A huge collection of View-Master® items came up for sale in a Cartersville, Georgia estate sale held on Feb. 6, 2020 conducted by Chris Childer Auctions and Estate Sales. The items shown on the estate sale site generated lots of talk on various View-Master® and 3-D collector social media sites. There was so much interest that the auctioneers changed their policy prior to the sale for the View-Master® displays, which went unnoticed by some because it was hidden in a drop down under the Desscription and Details button on the sales webpage. On Feb. 1, the site posted the following statement:

"Due to the overwhelming interest in the View-Master® displays. We will be selling the following three lots to the highest bidder! We will post the high bids beside each lot as they increase. Bidding is open as of 3 p.m. EST today (Feb. 1, 2020). Bidding will end on Thursday 02/06/2020 at noon EST. If you are the high bidder. You will have one hour to pay and complete the transaction or we will move to the next bidder on the list. Submitting a bid is a contract to buy the items. We have the right to refuse a bid and all items do have a minimum reserve. Please email me with all your contact info and high bids, by using the contact me info on this page. Also we will ship at bidders expense.

The remainder of the View-Masters and reels will be priced and sold at the sale.

LOT 1 - Original View-Master® Store display with additional cabinet. Store display lights up and works all the way! Included is several thousand original reels. Current bid $750.

LOT 2 - Small store display with View-Master® and several reels. Starting bid $250.

LOT 3 - Approximately 411 reels in a View-Master® Display Rack. Starting Bid $500."

The auction company also discovered twice the number of View-Master® and Tru-Vue items than they initially thought was in the sale.

Some other items in the sale included:

  • Nash Branded View-Master® in box
  • 2005 Ford Five Hundred View-Master® in box
  • 411 View-Master® packets (Lot 3)
  • View-Master® Popeye Anniversary Set in box
  • eBay View-Master®
  • View-Master® Model G in box
  • Dell Computers View-Master® in box
  • View-Master® Test Reels
  • Black Model D Lighted View-Master® Viewer missing badge
  • Lyon Aurora, Illinois/York, PA View-Master® Viewer
  • Several Tru-Vue slide rolls and viewer lots

Due to the limited space and the sheer amount of breakable items they limited the number of people in the residence at one time. Numbers were handed out, beginning at 7 a.m. on the first morning. They determined the number in the residence on day one and each person had to have a number to enter.
Editor's Note: I have attended many tag estate sale like this in Missouri. Normally, the first day items are full price. On the second day items are offered at 50% and on day three items left are 75% off. Some auction houses stop the sale mid-day the third day and auction off the rest of the items in bulk. The Georgia sale being schedled for four days might have had a different pricing structure.

Within days of the end of the sale several items showed up as listing on eBay and some highly sought after items were quickly sold again. See our Auction Results for prices asked for some of the items. See lots of photos of the items on EstateSales.net.

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Lost Boys Prop Replica Comic Books with 3-D Lenticular Covers

Vampire 3-D comic books.

Bottleneck Gallery has produced a set of two prop replica comic books based on those seen in the movie The Lost Boys. The comics titled Destroy All Vampires and Vampires Everywhere comically predict the plot of the movie. Bottleneck Gallery has faithfully reproduced these props in full 3-D comic book form with lenticular covers, color and black-and-white. The 24-page comic books also come with a set of custom 3-D glasses. Price for the set is $25 in a limited print run edition of 750. A 2-D set is $15.

Warner Bros. Released The Lost Boys in 1987, it was a low budget horror movie, shot in only three weeks and would become a cult classic. It featured numerous young actors, getting their start in motion pictures and was the fourth theatrical feature directed by Joel Schumacher. Originally written about a bunch of 5th or 6th grade vampires, Schumacher re-envisioned it as a sexier teenager story and added humor against the studios wishes. Shot in Santa Cruz, CA and features the Atlantis Fantasyland Comic Book store. A plot point involves two vampire comic books used to warn one of the teenagers of the existence of vampires in town. The original comic book store and a stage used in the movie, burned down in a fire, but the comic book store moved and is still operating.

The comic books are replicas of what is seen in the movie. With a comic needed for the movie and DC Comics (owned by Warner Bros.) unable or unwilling to make one in time, production reached out to Steve Schanes or Blackthorne Publishing for help. Since it was a rush job, Shanes commisioned Chris Miller to create the pages of original vampire art based on instructions, the script and “a handful of torn out pages from Gene Colan/ Marv Wolfman Tomb of Dracula that were overnighted to them for reference. The art was drawn, inked and then hand colored and a total of five “comics” were created for the film. With so few pages in each book, they used the innards from a comic called Vanity #1to make them seem thicker for shooting.

The new books contain rarely and never before seen art obtained from the original source materials used to print the comic(s) for the movie. With no real narrative to the pages, they were placed in the most logical order for the new book. Pages 3, 4, 5 and 6 were seen in The Lost Boys, while pages 1, 2, 7 and 8 were made for the movie, but never seen on screen. The covers were seen and used in the movie and one of the original comics was even gifted to the actual comic book shop in the movie, it apparently survived the fire, so you can ask to see it, if you are in Santa Cruz.

The 2-D books are both 16 pages, both containing eight pages of color art and eigh pages of black and white art. The 3-D books are both 24 pages, both containing the same art os the 2-D titles, but also eight pages of 3-D anaglyph art and 3-D lenticular covers. The 3-D art is not great, but this is very rare title. The printing was limited to 750 copies, but copies do state second printing.

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Denmark View-Master® Envelope

View-Master Envelope artwork

Here's a neat rare item. This View-Master® envelope comes from Denmark.

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Auction Results

View-Master lighted display cabinet

View-Master wood tabletop display

A View-Master® Lighted Tabletop Display was listed online for $2,900 and sold for a best offer price. The display also included more than 1,000 single reels. A View-Master® Wood Tabletop Display with 500 reels was listed for $1,299 and also sold at a best offer price. The seller aquired the items from an estate sale in Georgia.

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