Nostalgia moment: using a View-Master again…

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I bought a View-Master and a large box of reels a year ago at a Vintage auction, and I finally took the time to go thru them. I forgot how much fun it was! I like the 3D effect as well as how vibrant the colours are…The ViewMaster was born in 1938 in Portland, Oregon. The two creators were William Gruber and Harold Graves. It was originally targeted at adult education, but it quickly became a success with children. Even the military purchased large quantities of View-Master, and created some reels to educate their troops about aircraft identification during World War II.

In 1966 View-Master was purchased by GAF (General Aniline & Film Corporation), a company focused on  film processing and cameras. In 1981 the company was sold and renamed View-Master International Group (VMI). The View-Master is now under the umbrella of Mattel after few sales and acquisitions in the 80’s and 90’s.

As it turn out, Mattel has recently introduced the modern version of the View-Master, adding Virtual Reality  (VR) to the equation. The snap-on plastic goggles,  which are compatible with Google’s Cardboard VR platform have been popular enough that there are the first VR accessory to appear at Apple retail stores.

Everything old is new again…Did you have a ViewMaster growing up? Do you still have it? If you do, share it with your family and go thru those old travel reels!

Isabelle V.


Be colorful!

Flower market in Cuenca, Ecuador

I watched a fabulous English documentary few years ago called ‘Fabulous Fashionistas‘, and I still remember one of the lines. “I never wear beige, beige is the color of death!” The documentary is about the life of 6 women who have an average age of 80, and who don’t let their age determine how they should behave and live their golden days!

Here is the link on YouTube, and please share it with all the amazing women in your life:

I love to wear black, but I also love to wear bright colors. My favourite are purple and orange. My purple obsession is a bit of a joke with my family and my friends. When my eldest son was about 5, I came home one day wearing a fake fur purple coat. My son was so excited and shouted: “Mum, you look so pretty, you like Barney!” (yes…the big purple dinosaur!). If you are afraid of bright colors, at least try to wear a white shirt with your black pants, and maybe add a bright accessory.

What’s your favourite color? Do you have a color obsession? I always love to get your feedback!

Isabelle V.