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Smile, if you're old enough to remember...

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by James Burke, Sep 29, 2020.

  1. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    Just a friendly reminder that life can be full of wonder and awe without all the latest electronic gadgets. And my 4-year old grandson thinks so, too.

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  2. Johnny Best

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    Those were better than movies! Only the rich kids had those.
     
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  3. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    He and his brothers are home schooled and are quite tech-savvy, but they're only allowed very limited "screen-time". In some ways, they're growing up like I did some 50 years ago...with plenty of outdoor time, bicycles, water hoses, sandbox / dirt piles, bugs and sunshine...and I like that.

    However, since they live out in the country, they do seem to enjoy a few "executive privileges" we city kids didn't have. They can often be seen lined up in a row...peeing off the side porch...and waving to cars passing by. Boys will be boys...


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  4. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    True...I think they're enamored with the 3-D visuals, to be honest.

    I found the entire lot at a yard sale...only paid round $10. Some of the reels could be considered collector's items, but I'd rather the little guys have fun with them.


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  5. Johnny Best

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    I am going to be on the lookout for those.
     
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    I had the red Viewmaster with the blue trigger from the mid 70's, and it was pure awesomeness.
     
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  7. Notarealsignguy

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    Kids don't need screen time. It's much more fun for them (and me) to go outside, get dirty and use their minds to keep themselves busy.
    Shoes are overrated too.
     
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  8. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    Ha! It's funny you should mention it. The little guy in the photo above lives and breathes by the same creed!

    Seven years ago, I walked his mama down the aisle at her wedding, and she was barefoot as well...in honor of my dad who had passed five months prior. Dad always made fun of her for not liking shoes, and she wanted to honor his memory in a special way. I guess she passed it on to her kiddos.


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  9. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    Five minutes of interesting "behind the scenes" info:




    Another ten minutes, if you have the time. Today's version has morphed into VR...which essentially defeats the simplistic nature it was so well loved for.

     
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    I still have mine stashed away....
     
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  11. Stacey K

    Stacey K Getting Back in the Game

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    I love it! The Viewmaster is a great toy. And it's awesome that they are enjoying it, and peeing off the porch, good job to grandpa and mom!
     
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    Did you have all the collections? LOL
     
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    I was born in 1972 and I remember those. Great things!!
     
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  14. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    I only have just a couple hundred or so...seen in the last photo. I don't know what ever happened to the dozens of reels we had as kids in the 70s.

    I find it utterly amazing that all the reels ever made will work with every model of viewer. Unlike today, built-in-obsolescence was not a concept to be trifled with.

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    I loved Viewmasters. Honestly still do. I'd trade a 15$ movie ticket for a joint and a Viewmaster any day.

    Kinda reminds me of my Tomy Turnin' Turbo I had growing up...

    Looking back it makes me laugh that the thing only had 4 gears.
    Talk about cutting edge technology.
     

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    My parents used to open the sets and sort them into our stockings at Christmas. :) I remember the fights my brother and I used to get in to when we both wanted to view the same ones at the same time too.o_O
     
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    Oh wow look how many he's got! I only had a few dozen as a kid I think. I'm sure they're hanging around in the attic somewhere. I remember bending my favorite Dennis The Menace one by accident.
     
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  18. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    But it better be a rainy day....


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    Ahhh, the venerable analog Oculus device.
     
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    Honestly these days it doesn't really make a difference
     
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