Pictured for sale are Nine Tru-Vue Cards and a Tru-Vue Viewer. The viewer is a standard black plastic viewer with a red advance knob with its original box issued in 1940's or the 1950's. The 9 viewer cards are from 1953 and 1954 and have 8 different scenes on each card. The Tru-Vue Ansco transparency color positives were not very permanent so most Stereochromes lost much of there original color and turned magenta or (pink) in color. In 1952 Sawyer's, the owner of View-Master, purchased Tru-Vue after the companies falling sales and a spring flood damaged their plant. Listed below is each cards description and its condition along with the condition of the Tru-Vue Viewer:
1.Mickey Mouse in "Mickey's Birthday Party", card number D-1; Copyright 1953 Walt Disney Productions; Mickey's friend gives him a surprise birthday party; Card is in very good condition and the sleeve is in good condition; Card has bumps at all corners and one small crease mark; Sleeve has bumps at all corners, has light surface wear, and a tiny price sticker marked F.W. Woolworth Co.
2.Donald Duck in "Deep Sea Diver", card number D-2; Copyright 1953 Walt Disney Productions; Donald and Mickey find treasure and a cute little octopus at the bottom of the sea; Card is in good- condition and the sleeve is in good condition; Card has bumps at all corners, light surface wear, and light soiling on front and back; Sleeve has bumps at all corners and light soiling at the top edge of front and back.
3.Pluto in 'Baseball Catcher", card number D-3; Copyright 1953 Walt Disney Productions; Pluto tries to get past Donald Duck to get into the ballpark; Card is in very good condition and Sleeve is in good- condition; Card has bumps at two corners, minor soiling at top edge of front and back, and tiny crease mark at top edge; Sleeve has crease marks on front, bumps at all corners, two small pencil marks at bottom edge of back, ¼" and 1" tears at left and right sides near top edge, and crease marks at top edge.
*Disney Stories 3-Card Album featuring Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Peter Pan; DA-2; Copyright 1954 Walt Disney Productions; Sleeve is in good- condition with 3 tan spots on the front, bumps at all corners, a tear in the flap at the top edge, and three tiny tears along the top edge.
4."Pinocchio Comes to Life", card number D-4; Copyright 1954 Walt Disney Productions; See the Blue Fairy, Jiminy Cricket, and his friends, little Figaro, The car, and Cleo, the goldfish; Card is in Near mint condition.
5."Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", card number D-5; Copyright 1954 Walt Disney Productions; See Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, the Wicked Queen and her Magic Mirror, before the Prince saves the day with his Magic Kiss; Card is in Near mint condition.
6."Peter Pan", card number D-6; Copyright 1954 Walt Disney Productions; Walt Disney's wonderful story retelling the story of the little boy who never grew up; Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, the Tiny Fairy, teach Wendy, Michael and John to fly around the their bedroom, then they are off to Never Land for an adventure; Card is in Near mint condition.
7."Circus Clowns", number C-5; Copyright 1954 Tru-Vue Co.; Follow the Circus Clown as he spreads merry laughter in and around the circus grounds; Card is in near mint condition and the sleeve is in fair condition; Sleeve has bumps at all corners, a 1" x 1 ½" dark tan stain on the top half of the sleeve, a tiny area near the top right corner where there was a price sticker, a tiny price sticker marked F.W. Woolworth Co. near the top left corner of the front, and a dark tan tiny spot near the top right corner of the back of the sleeve.
8."Little Red Riding Hood", number F-2; Copyright 1953 Tru-Vue Co.; The classic fairy tale of the little girl with the red cape and hood who meets the big bad wolf at grandmother's house; Card is in very good condition and the sleeve is in good condition; Card has minor bumps at all corners, and light soiling near the top edge of the back; Sleeve has bumps at all corners, crease marks and a tiny tear along the top edge, and tiny tears at the top of the left and right sides.
9.Rex Allen and Koko in "The Horse Thieves", card number T-7; Copyright 1954 by Rex Allen; Republic Pictures presents cowboy star, Rex Allen, and Koko, " the most beautiful horse in the world" help their friend, Jimmy, in his troubles with the two meanest varmints in the West; Card is in very good condition and the sleeve is in very good condition; Card has minor bumps at three corners; Sleeve has bumps at all corners and one tiny gray spot and two small spots where stickers had been, all on the back of the sleeve.
The Tru-Vue Viewer is in excellent condition. There is very light surface wear from being handled. On one edge of the viewer it reads, Tru-Vue Company, Beaverton, Oregon, Pat. Pending, Made in U.S.A., Pat. D 171049. The viewers box has moderate surface wear, and some tape on one end of the box. The other end of the box is missing.
Before View-Master Reels, the Tru-Vue Company was king. After surviving the Great Depression they grew in leaps and bounds after appearing with their viewer and films at the 1933 World's Fair. They became an instant hit all across the country until some unfortunate things happened in the late 1940's and 1950's and they were bought by Sawyer's View-Master Company.
Nine wonderful Tru-Vue Stories and Disney Classics to look at over and over again. A great addition to your collection or a gift for a special little boy or girl.
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