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Thursday
Apr052018

Show 'N Tell

The Show 'N Tell is a vintage multimedia educational children's toy imported from the US.  It's a shame that age hasn't been kind to the programs, however I still had a lot of fun making this video and I think you'll enjoy it too. 
 

 

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Reader Comments (5)

Right up my alley! I'd love to see a vid of the similar (but probably hard to film) talking viewmaster. I was lucky to find one at a secondhand shop with a few packs of reels - and it was the earlier record playing version! If you haven't looked at one, the mechanism is a little more interesting... Though the playback is the stuff of nightmares.

Cheers!

April 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoe z

This reminds me of the filmstrip viewers we had in one of the science labs at school. A strip of 35mm film, containing a series of still images, was inserted into the projector, whilst a narrated soundtrack was played from cassette or LP. At certain points throughout the narration a 'bong' would sound, telling the teacher to hit the button to advance to the next from. Most teachers couldn't be bothered with the audio-visual malarkey, so we usually just got to see the pictures.

April 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJQW

Mat - I had that toy in the 70's and remember it fondly. Thanks for the memories! You have a great blog. In a related note on a different topic, your last video inspired me to put batteries in my Pulsar P3 and it works. Now my kids are laughing at my 70's technology!
Barry

April 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBarry

You’ll have to let them know that one day they’ll inherit it and that it would make you very sad if they didn’t wear it every day.

April 8, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Cracking gadget!

The heroic music played together with Winston Churchill's speech is by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Britains greatest composer!
It's from the 4th or 6th Symphony

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterpinswede
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