Sunday, June 2, 2013

Here's looking at you, kid: some old-timey optical viewers seen along the way

This one is Plymouth, Massachusetts... is this one.

 Montauk, Long Island, New York

 Hamonasset Beach, Madison, Connecticut

 San Francisco

 Niagara Falls

 This is a cool alternative viewer, also at Niagara Falls, that kinda reminded me of...


This one from Gloucester, Massachusetts is my all-time favorite.

You know you're at a truly awesome tourist location when they have one of those great old-time optical viewers from the Tower Optical Company. They've been making these binocular viewers since 1932 and the company is still going strong. I love how these machines have kept their sci-fi-of-the-past look they've had ever since I was a kid. Anyone got a quarter?


Mod Betty / said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves these things! (But am I the only one who calls that beach"Ham-and-Egg-set - ?! ;-))

Roadtrip62 - Don Milne said...

Nice gallery of these viewers. There's another good one at Colton Point State Park (Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania), near Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. I remember as a kid trying to split one quarter's worth of time among 5 of us...wasn't easy.