Nowadays, kids have cable TV, iPads, and smartphones to keep themselves entertained when they’re bored. Know what we had when we were kids?
The Kenner Give-A-Show Projector!
You know what it was? It was a cheap slide projector with slides mounted on cardboard strips. They’d have the dialogue written on the slides, and you had to read it, out loud if there were a bunch of you watching. The thing had terrible focus, so you had to be really close to the wall to see anything, so the picture wasn’t that big. And even if you got it to focus, it wasn’t that clear. You can see in the ad that old Fred Flintstone (Winston cigarette salesman) is looking a little fuzzy.
I empathize with the kid out in the rain. “Go outside!” “But Mom! It’s raining!” “Well, put on your raincoat, then!”
Here’s an example of a Give-A-Show cartoon, featuring Josie & The Pussycats…
“Man, this is boring.” “Yeah, let’s go out and throw rocks at each other.”
The Give-A-Show Projector was on about the same technical level as the GAF Viewmaster.
Of course you knew that Henry Fonda was the adult, but did you recognize Jodie Foster?
It didn’t take much to entertain us back then.
I had a great childhood, but didn’t realize it at the time.
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