Sawyer's View-Master

Description (Brief)
The view master was first introduced at the New York World's Fair (1939-1940.) Made by Sawyer's Photo Services, the device showed stereoscopic three-dimensional pictures. Originally intended as an educational device for adults, the view master soon become a popular children's toy. This example is a commemorative item from the Fair.
Currently not on view
Object Name
viewer, View-Master
Date made
Physical Description
plastic (part material)
metal (part material)
overall: 3 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in; 9.525 cm x 9.525 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, Queens
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
1939 exhibit
Expositions and Fairs
New York World's Fair (1939)
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
1939 exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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