Glacier National Park, Montana, U.S.A. ; View-Master Photo Slides Reels
Date On Object, 1948
Estimated Date Made, 1939-1950
Glacier National Park (Mont.)
Square paper sleeve containing three View-Master Vacation Series reels within smaller envelopes. The larger, paper envelope holding all three reels is blue and white with image of figure fly fishing in lake in front of large mountain range. The View-Master reels are cardboard discs each containing seven Kodachrome color transparency stereo views of Glacier National Park in Montana.
The series is split into three parts:
Reel I: 46 Glacier National Park I, Montana, U.S.A. Including, Lake Sherburne, Many Glacier Hotel, Mount Wilbur from Swiftcurrent Lake, Swiftcurrent Lake and Mount Wynn, Grinnell Peak, Grinnell Glacier from Lake Josephine, and Mount Gould.
Reel II: 47 Glacier National Park II, Montana, U.S.A. Including, Lower Two Medicine Lake, Glacier Park Hotel, Two Medicine Lake, Trick Falls, Lake McDonald, Curly Bear Mountain, and "Sleepy." Along with the reel, there is an advertisement for a View-Master personal stereo camera.
Reel III: 48 Glacier National Park III, Montana, U.S.A. Including, St. Mary Lake, Going to the Sun Highway, Mount Little Chief, Going to the Sun Mountain, The Highway Below Logan Pass, Logan Pass Summit, and St. Mary Valley from Logan Pass.
Donated to History Colorado by Rena K. Fowler. The toys included in donation were a Christmas present to her as a child in the 1950s and 60s and used for many years in the family home in Denver. The toys from the 1950s came to Denver from the East in 1960 when the Fowler family moved here from Baltimore, Maryland. Fowler's father, Paul W. Fowler, moved the family to Denver when he accepted a new position within Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) in Denver, Colorado.
Detailed history from scrapbook captions:
Born in 1917, Paul Wayne Fowler was raised in upstate New York, the second child of Wayne and Mina Brace Fowler, who owned a dairy and turkey farm. Paul graduated from Argyle High School in 1934 and worked for several years on the farm before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1937. He completed his duties in 1940 as corporal in the 10th Ordinance Service Company of the U.S. Army Air Force stationed at Langley Field, Virginia.
Shortly after his military discharge in February 1939, he went to work for the Glenn L. Martin Company of Baltimore, a pioneering aircraft manufacturer. The following year, Paul met and married Rena Urie. She lived in Baltimore and was a native of Maryland's rural Eastern Shore.
During World War II, Paul received military deferments for his Martin duties until 1945. He took Army training at Camp Blanding in Florida and served as a sergeant in Germany as part of the Army of the Occupation. Paul was discharged from the Army in 1946 and returned home to meet his daughter, Rena Kathleen, for the first time. Both husband and wife returned to work at Martin.
The Glenn L. Martin was expanding to Denver and would take a new name, Martin-Marietta. In 1959, Paul accepted a position in Denver. Over the two decades that Paul Fowler worked for Martin-Marietta (mostly in Denver but also for a two-year stint in Orlando, Florida), his major assignments were with the Titan rocket, Skylab, and the Viking Mars lander (photographs from this time and inside Martin-Marietta facilities are included in scrapbook). In Denver, Paul's wife Rena also worked for the firm.
Rena passed away in 2013 and Paul in 2019. Both are buried at Fairmount Cemetery.