Before the VCR became a necessity in every home. Before the computer or iPhone became the dominant source for watching TV shows and movies, if a kid wanted to watch their favorite shows anytime the wanted, they had to use the only thing at their disposal- the View-Master!
Don't know what a View-Master is?
Essentially it was a personal slide projector. You would have these discs with images of your favorite subjects. You put the discs into the View-Master, held it up to the light and with the flipper, when you were ready, you went on to the next slide. It was great for minutes and minutes of fun- unless you had a big collection of slides, then you really could kill an hour or two.
Before I go, let's look at some of the reels you could view in 1977:
ElectraWoman and DynaGirl:
Sid and Marty Krofft were puppeteers who dominated kids TV in the 70s. ElectraWoman was their answer to Wonder Woman, the live-action DC heroine who was a pop culture hit on ABC. ElectraWoman was played by Deidre Hall, who would go on to fame on Days of Our Lives and a short-lived family drama called Our House. In this reel, Electrawoman battles some sort of Spider-Lady villain.
Land of the Lost:
Another Krofft Brothers show. This is perhaps their most popular show. A dad and his two kids get sent to a land full of cavemen, dinosaurs, and aliens. Here, the lead characters seem to encounter a Yeti-like creature.
This reel is titled "Where Walks the Sleeper." It's based on the first few issues of Captain America's 1960s series. Here a Nazi robot called a Sleeper is activated by the Sentinel of Liberty's arch-enemy the Red Skull.
The Harlem Globetrotters:
Fresh off of an adventure with the Scooby-Doo gang and Gilligan's Island, this entertaining basketball troupe was everywhere. Back then, the Globetrotters were also a regular feature on ABC's Wide World of Sports. The Globetrotters were funny and quite thrilling. Somehow, they just don't seem to transfer well to still images.