View-Master Vanishing From Landscape
Photograph by Tom Uhlman / AP
Mary Ann Sell holds one of her
more than 25,000 discs.
View-Master to stop selling scenic photos
Fisher-Price will continue making discs of more popular cartoon characters.Associated Press
March 8, 2009
Columbus, Ohio — Amber LaPointe's introduction to one of the country's greatest tourist attractions came from small square pictures on a white wheel.
"It was like you could look into a world away," said the 28-year-old from Toledo, Ohio. "My only image of the Grand Canyon was from the View-Master."
The iconic reels of tourist attractions, often packaged with a clunky plastic viewer and first sold to promote 3-D photography, are ending their 70-year run after years of diminishing sales.
Collectors like Mary Ann Sell of Maineville, Ohio, are dismayed.