View-Master: A Boomer’s Introduction to Travel
For millions of baby boomers, the View-Master was their very first introduction to the wonder of travel.
According to WikipediA, in late 1939, the View-Master was introduced at the New York World’s Fair . It was intended as an alternative to the scenic postcard, and was originally sold at photography shops, stationery stores, and scenic-attraction gift shops. The main subjects of View-Master disks were Carlsbad Caverns and the Grand Canyon.
As a boy growing up in the early 60s, I can remember staring into our family’s View-Master for hours. I remember having disks for Disney’s cartoon characters, but what I remember most were our disks on our nation’s national parks.
If I’m not mistaken, I was first introduced to Yellowstone National Park’s famous Old Faithful geyser through our family View-Master. And, I was fascinated with other sites like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Mount Rushmore, and much more.
You see, I suppose my love of travel began as a seven year-old boy staring into my View-Master.
How about you? Did you have a View-Master as a kid? What travel locations do you remember?
Note: View-Master illustration is from Emma Kelly.