The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley Classic BBC kid's animation by Michael Bond
On this page ..... the 1968 Watch With Mother version of Chad Valley's Give-a-Show projector and,later,Sliderama version.
The example shown is actually mine and it's survived remarkably unscathed I have to say.
Rather frustratingly,I can't actually remember what I thought of it at the time,or even how much I used it.
But,judging by the condition, the answer to both is probably "not very much".And,hand-on-heart,I'd probably swap it for some of my other toys that I wish I still had.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 set was given a marketing overhaul in the early 70's,and re-emerged under the "Sliderama" brand name in 1972,with an orange projector,as opposed to red or blue. But still the same contents though. Sliderama Pic
You didn't have to buy a completely new set if you fancied viewing some different slides.Because all the Give-a-Show slides were available seperately too -in boxes,or on card-backed cellophane examples like the one above.
But if you bought this particular set,then you got the following.........
4 x The Herbs
4 x Pogles Wood -a pre-Bagpuss and Clangers creation from messrs Posgate & Firmin,which seems to have got a bit buried in time but has much to recommend it.
4 x Joe - an unusual and charming series,that's often overlooked now.Featuring 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 lacking any of the English wit and charm that Eric Thomson added to Dougal & chums.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
All measurements are approximate and in imperial -as befits the era 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 provided horizontally could also be accessed from the top for individual 35mm slides (just in case you had 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.
Manufacturers Notes -
" Plastic lens and reflectors are used and we ask users not to expect the perfect optical results obtained from an expensive lens." Fair enough,if a little 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 got 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 no batteries included,and no screen either.And despite the box note recommending the use of the underside of the lid,
the bedroom wall after lights-out was presumably the preferred option.
THE HERBS SLIDES -
No.273 "Meet the Herbs" (shown below)
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.The only difference being the reference numbers.
As with all the Give-A-Show slides,telling a story in just 7 pics was always a challenge !
But the imagery was usually vivid and engaging.
None of the artwork's credited unfortunately.But The Herbs stuff looks similar to that used in the Pippin & Playland comics of the time. And there's more about those in the