Sunday, March 4, 2012

Give-A-Show Projector

Gentle Reader,

All my life I've had fond memories of the Give-A-Show projector set that I had as a very small child.  I would cry and beg until my dad would put on the projector and supply his own crazy narration to go along with the pictures.  We had slideshows for Scooby-Do, the Flintstones, Yogi Bear, and other classic cartoons.  Each slideshow was only a few panels long, so my poor dad must have been thoroughly sick of them by the time I outgrew the damn thing.

I remember in particular the Peppermint Phantom from one of the Scooby-Do slideshows, which I found absolutely terrifying.  I remember that it reminded me of scary nightmares I'd had while sick with a high fever.  The bizarre stripe pattern was disorienting, as was the lack of a proper head and total absence of a mouth.  The fingertips, red and poised to strike, looked like they'd been dipped in blood.  I tell you, finding the above picture was a freaky experience; I hadn't remembered the Peppermint Phantom in probably 25 years, but the second I saw it, I got this powerful feeling of dread...

Apparently I'm not the only one for whom these slideshows are a lasting memory.  In fact, there's an entire website devoted to them.  I lost several hours on this site, so beware!

Give-A-Show Projector Blog

Ever Yours,

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