Monday, October 29, 2007

Frankenstein View-Master

Here's the Frankenstein View-Master by GAF from 1976. Included are scans of the front and back of the packet and all of the pages from the read-along story booklet. I tried scanning the little pieces of film on the reels and zooming in on them, but they wouldn't come out. I even tried to take close-up pictures of them with my digital camera. No luck.

17 comments:

Dave said...
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Dave said...

wonder if you could get a photo by placing your camera lense up to one of the eye holes. I used to have the Dracula set that went with this same line of Viewmaster reels. Last trip to visit my kids though we left them all at my MILs so the grandkids could play with them when they come to visit this coming Holiday time. Cool stuff.

I still have one of those viewmaster projectors, but I haven't been able to find a bulb that fits it since it blew out. It is 18 watts, which as far as I know doesn't even exist any longer. I don't recall what shape it was either. It's long gone from existance. Anyone have any clue where I can find a bulb? I'm thinking maybe they were a burn hazard is why they didn't last long. There's a warning printed right on the projector about it. Thanks again!

Dave

Max the drunken severed head said...

This is a wonderful entry for the wonderblog!

UniversalHorror said...

Dave is right....you CAN actually take a picture (I've tried this before with my digital camera) by either holding the viewer up to a light source and using the macro function on the camera to take a picture, or possibly by simply putting the camera into macro and holding it up directly to the reel. I shoulda thought about doing something like this....I have this reel set, and the ones for Dracula and Wolfman.

Dave....try Ebay, I think. Sellers there often sell parts for various old equipment and games, etc. Might find the bulb you need there.

UniversalHorror said...

I've been experimenting with my Dracula reels, and it WILL work using a digital camera in macro mode, held up to one lens of the viewer with the reel in place. The trick seems to be having a white light source behind the viewer (I was simply using a white screen display on my PC monitor....avoid using a light bulb as it creates a yellowish look), and most of all the problem is keeping both the viewer and the camera still. I kept getting a blurry image (for the most part). This procedure DOES work....it's just the attempt to keep everything still that is a problem.

Jon B. Knutson said...

One other thing you can try, if you have one of those View-Master Projectors, is to project the image, and then try to use your digital camera without the flash turned on... I've been starting to experiment with getting pictures of the Give-A-Show slides I've started collecting, and that's next on my list to try!

UniversalHorror said...

Naturally, the best way would be if one's scanner happened to have a film/negative adapter specifically designed for doing this....that would obviously give the best results.

Dave said...
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Dave said...

My scanner came with a slide adaptor, but it doesn't work for crap. Everyone's faces come out in the scan white as a ghost, no features showing at all. I've tried all kinds of setting adjustments too. Of course the scanner was a cheapo Microtek I found online for $70.00 a couple years ago.

Unfortunately I can't try it with the viewmaster reels because they're all 1,000 miles away now with my MIL. Oh well. I'll be curious to see how it turns out for you all.
Dave

Krug+Company said...

hi erick,

i'm the owner of the blog The Inferno Music Crypt. I remember visiting your blog but I can't remember if I ever gave thanks to you for adding a link to my blog on your site. Thanks a lot pal. I appreciate it.

Cheers!

Erick Monsterama2000 said...

Dave & Universal Horror - I'm gonna have to try that. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Max - I wonderfully thank you.

Jon - I have a projector, but It doesn't work. I got it at a yard sale for a buck.

Krug - You're welcome. Great blog by the way.

Neal Snow said...

My Frankenstein reels are not the best in quality, but here they are anyways.

http://budcolbert.multiply.com/photos/album/13

To see the images at full size, click once, then click on "zoom".

Neal Snow said...

BTW, feel free to grab these and post them here if nobody comes up with any better images.

Erick Monsterama2000 said...

Thanks Neal. I tried taking pictures of my reels and they just didn't look that good. I'll make a post about this soon.

Wich2 said...

Erick-

Here's a source for your projector bulb-

http://www.3dstereo.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?

Best,
-Craig W.

Francesca Slone said...

You can try placing your camera in one of the eyeholes of the viewmaster. It actually worked when I tried it. Not a clear photo though. But it's much better than nothing. I don't have this Frankenstein viewmaster, but I have a few other old viewmaster reels. I mostly collect the latest ones. I even collect custom viewmaster reels; most of them are family photos. Have you tried custom reels?-Image3D

JClement said...

There is a complete 3D high resolution scan of the Frankenstein reels on YouTube "View-Master Frankenstein". They came from a set of Kodachrome reels with perfect color. Since the Frankenstein reels were manufactured during the change to the inferior GAF film, some have faded, but others are on Kodachrome. You can scan the reels very well on any high resolution flatbed scanner, and then refocus them using Focus Magic. Dracula and Wolf Man are also available on YouTube color corrected.