The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley
On this page ..... the 1968 Watch With Mother version of Chad Valley's Give-a-Show projector and,later,Sliderama version.
The example shown,below,belonged to a friend of mine.And it's survived remarkably unscathed I have to say.
He couldn't actually remember what he thought of it at the time,or even how much he used it.
But,judging by the condition,the answer to both is probably "not very much".And he's now moved it on,without so much as a backward glance.
But,if you disposed of yours and actually wished you hadn't,then I hope this at least brings back some nice memories.
Although you may possibly remember yours looking somewhat different.Because the projector also came in blue And the set was then given a marketing overhaul in 1972 and re-emerged under the "Sliderama" brand name,with an orange projector.But still the same contents though. Sliderama Pic
All the Give-a-Show slides were available seperately too.In boxes,or on cellophane- wrapped card sheets like the one above.
But the ones that came with this particular set were ....
4 x The Herbs
4 x Pogles Wood
Another excellent series from messrs Posgate & Firmin [pre-Bagpuss & Clangers] But only shot in b&w sadly,which did nothing for its tv longevity.
4 x Joe
An unusual series,that's often overlooked now. About a rosey-cheeked boy with a pudding basin haircut,whose family ran a transport cafe.
4 x Hector's House
A French import like the Magic Roundabout.
Just as surreal,but without the English wit & charm that Eric Thomson added to Dougal and chums.
How it measures up
All measurements are in 1960's imperial of course.
Box Size - 11" x 9" x 2.5" deep
Slides - 10.5" x 1.75"
Projector - 9.25" x 2.25"
Extras - the slot that took the slide strips horizontally could also be accessed from the top for individual 35mm slides.
[ A little known fact,as so few kids had access to any. ]
Projector Design - aside from a few design tweeks over the years,the most noticeable difference most people remember is simply that it came with either a red or blue body ...
... or orange if you got the later "Sliderama" version.
Links to pics of both those variations in the top paragraph.
Manufacturers Notes :-
" Plastic lens and reflectors are used & we ask users not to expect the perfect optical results obtained from an expensive lens. " .... Fair enough,if a tad obvious .... But there's more ....
" The lens may look cloudy or scratched,but such apparent imperfections will affect the picture so slightly as to be barely noticeable." .... Hurrah !
Oh,and of course ...
" Batteries not included " .... which is a bit like buying double glazing only to find the glass isn't included.
But when you did get your " 3 U2 flashlight batteries " (LR20's),they filled the full length of the lower tube.
And,like all batteries of the time,were universally expensive,frighteningly short-lived and just as quick to bleed all over the place at a moments notice -a bit like the Duracell Bunny going down with mixamatosis.
So that's no batteries included .... and no screen either.
But the box recommends the use of the underside of the lid.
Although bedroom ceilings and walls after "lights out" were probably the preferred choice.
The Herbs slides :-
No.273 "Meet the Herbs" (pictured)
No.274 "A Shake Up for Sage"
No.275 "Parsley's Magic Soup"
No.276 "A Lift Up for Dill"
I've yet to find out the slide details for the later "Sliderama" version.But I believe they're the same for all the 4 series featured.With the exception of the reference numbers.
As with all the Give-A-Show slides,telling a story in just 7 pics was always a challenge !
But the artwork was usually vivid and engaging.
And,whilst uncredited,The Herbs look styllistically similar to the Pippin & Playland comics of the time.[which have their own page on the site here ]