ViewMaster Artist

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Everyone has used, seen or, at least, heard of a ViewMaster, the most classic of classic toys. For decades children have peered through the plastic ViewMaster binoculars and been transported to other worlds. As a kid, who didn’t watch a scuffle between Batman and The Joker play out in a myriad of 3D Pows and Whams or become a witness to picnic basket thievery by the infamous Yogi Bear. But who was responsible for creating the contraption’s 3D images?

“Most fans of the tiny fantasy worlds glimpsed through the lens of a View-Master viewer are probably unaware of the name Florence Thomas. Thomas was the Portland, Oregon sculptor employed by the makers of the 3-D viewer to create miniature dioramas of fairy tales and pop culture scenes which she then photographed for reproduction into the iconic circular white reels that have delighted children and adult collectors for decades.”


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