The reels were sold in department stores across the country and are still being produced today. The company has become an international product with Sawyer's selling out to General Aniline and Film Corporation (GAF) in 1966. The company then went into a limited partnership in 1981 to Arnold Thaler who reversed a negative decline in the product. Mr. Thaler purchased Ideal Toys who was purchased by TYCO who is the current producer of View Master Products. An interesting history and well documented on the Net.
Thanks to the following sites for the background information on the View Master Company®.
A Different View of the World
and an excellent article by Bob Greene, a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune.
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE OF MY NOSE
The adventure consists of three reels of 21 stereo Kodachrome pictures without an overall title. However, there is a title for each of the three reels in the story:
There is no author mentioned for writing the TC adventure but Florence Thomas is credited with creating the scenes. Much of the science facts in the story is consistent with theories and known facts of the time period and some of the language found in the story reflects the type of language found in material reviewed by the Tom Corbett series science consultant ,Willy Ley.
Several examples of such review include... escape velocity of 9.7 miles/sec (Reel A Scene 3), "slingshot" effect using the Sun's gravity to send the Polaris to Mars (Reel B Scene 1), electronic brain (Reel B Scene 5), 30 days to cover 100 million miles at a top speed of 100 miles/hr (Reel C Scene 1).
Several scenes have historical significance in relation to the TC universe.
Reel A Scene 6- Tom has his first "solo" landing on the moon.
Reel B Scene 3- Atmosphere Stations to convert Red Oxides into breathable air. Appears in G&D book.
Reel B Scene 5- Roger Manning, the Math Wizard.
Reel C Scene 1- Size of Polaris - 500Ft
Reel C Scene 7- Dr Dale finds clues to a faster-than-light drive. A reference to one of Dr. Dale's accomplishments in other media sources.
Thanks View-Master® for an excellent Space Opera adventure. If anyone has any other information or comments about this adventure,please feel free to contact the Academy. Now enjoy the adventure. Cadet Ed