Vintage G Series Viewmaster by Charles Harrison
Shreveport, Louisiana, native Charles Harrison began his industrial design career in the 1950s. In 1956, he applied for a job at Sears, Roebuck, & Co., but "the company was not hiring blacks." Chicago design firm Robert Podall Associates was hiring; it was there that in 1958 Harrison led the team to redesign the View-Master.
In a 2008 interview, Harrison explained that his job was to update the viewer to make it less expensive, faster to use, and appealing to a broader audience. “It was low enough cost when I got done with it that they could buy it for children and let them play with it,” he said.