There are two sorts of places you are most likely to find me: theme parks and antique stores. There is a great joy when one comes across a theme park item in an antique store, and a few years ago I hit a real jackpot — three View-Master reel sets from Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Over Georgia from the late 1960s.
Six Flags Over Georgia was my home park, and before I really even knew about Disneyland, I was a die-hard fan of Six Flags. I searched for a way to make prints of the images, but there seemed to be nothing out there designed for View-Master format.
Like many of us, I've been spending a lot of time cleaning and organizing items in storage. One thing I came across was a big box of slides from the time I lived in Belgium, after high school. At the time, it was much less expensive to take and process slides than to print photos, so the aunt I was living with suggested taking slides. Well, when I found them, the desire to make prints came back. I found a fantastic product online made by Kodak. It has a small lighted plate where you can place a slide and there is a platform where you can lay your cell phone and take photos of the slides. It works great and I realized I could use the devise to capture images from the View-Master Reels.
So I am happy now to offer you a chance to visit Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags Over Texas via View-Master. As you know, these images were presented in 3D and, as such, there is some strange composition used to add to the 3D effect.
[Editor's note from Robert: Huge thanks to Rob for these, but I did want to remind everyone that these are images from the 1960s, so they depict a few things that might raise an eyebrow or two for modern audiences - including one super-not-safe-for-work image in the Six Flags Over Texas album linked below. I did not include that image in the video slideshow, which is safe-for-work. Not that any of us are at work anymore. Sigh....]
The image of the entrance columns and fountains always reminds me of the closing spiel that the staff in guest relations would make every night. I still know it by heart: "Ladies and Gentlemen, may I have your attention please. The hour of closing has arrived and we must say good night. Our Hosts and Hostesses would like to thank you for visiting Six Flags and we hope that you will visit again soon. The park will open tomorrow at 10:00, but for now, a pleasant good-night."Tweet
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