Today I saw this at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Bring back memories??
The Magnajector is an opaque projector that was created in the 50s by Rainbow Crafts Inc of Cincinnati Ohio, a company that is more popularly known for being the inventors and original distributers of Play-doh.
With the Magnajector, anything that you place it on can be projected onto a nearby screen or wall via a system of mirrors and light. The “Magna” in the title stands for “magnification”, not “magnetic”. It was marketed as a educational toy for kids or students or shut-ins:
This particular Magnajector is stamped with the Peter-Austin Mfg Co. mark, which was a Canadian company that handled the manufacture and distribution of a variety of toys from the USA. It came with a box of 80 coloured viewing cards that are just postcard sized pictures of random things. From the The Museum of Obsolete Technology