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The 1939 - 1940 New York World's Fair was an Art Deco lover's nirvana. Those of us who weren't there still have a chance to see the streamlined designs and great innovations introduced at that Fair.
This 1939 New York World's Fair Souvenir set includes a small Bakelite viewer and three film strips showing 75 views of the Fair. The items come in the original box with a colorful litho of the Trylon and Perisphere which were the symbols of the Fair. There are some Fair scenes around the box. These film sets were called Pathegrams...made by Pathe Laboratories.
The film boxes are marked No. 2 and No. 3. No. 1 is in the viewer. There were various sets made with various films so the numbers are helpful if you ever want to look for more.
The viewer kind of works. It progresses the film but then slips and stops and you have to keep turning to regrip the film grooves. We've had many of these toy viewers over the years and they all do the same thing. These were not mechanically high-tech but with a little patience, you will see the films.
The box shows age-related wear/tear (can be taped) but it's overall in good displayable condition. It measures 7 1/4 by 5 by 1 1/2 inches. It's rare to find a 75 year old souvenir in mostly intact condition.
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1939 New York World's Fair Movie Views Pathegrams Viewer in Box Art Deco
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