The Guildlite Slide Projector!

The Guildlite Slide Projector!

Yesterday when I went to work at the Arkadia Retrocade I stopped by a local flea market that had recently opened up in the same shopping center. I perused their wares and to be honest there was quite a few items that caught my fancy and if I had a decent phone I would have snapped some shots to share with you all.

One item in particular drew my eye to where it sat on its shelf, picking it up I realized it had to be a hand-held slide projector. It was going for less than $10 and I’ve always found myself highly attracted to movie/slide projectors since I can remember, so I couldn’t resist buying it.

I took it back to the arcade and I was fortunate enough to have our two techs (John and Bo) there work on removing some of the rust that had collected inside the casing and before I could say Kodachrome it was back in operation! Which also included checking out some photos online and realizing the lens was in backwards!

Now sadly I didn’t have any slides handy but at home I had a few special images to give the Guildlite a run. I tried some of my many slides that had come from the Razorback Theater and they were…okay…had some issues with getting the focus just right but when I tried the Star Wars slides from the toys a few years back, well, those did quite well!

I couldn’t really find anything out about the Guildlite except it was manufactured by the Craftsmen’s Guild in Hollywood, California. Looking at it I would assume it was produced in the late 1950s or 1960s. I did however find from E*Bay auctions that it allows you to project 8MM, 16MM, and 35MM slides. Looking up those slides I found the Filmic Light – Snow White Archive that shared some that were available for purchase in 1944 for Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for personal viewers.

Image courtesy of the Filmic Light - Snow White Archive.
Image courtesy of the Filmic Light – Snow White Archive.

You might want to follow the link to the Snow White archive to check out some of their amazing advertisements for the personal viewers and even more Snow White slides!


Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Would you show a picture of the inside of the guideline projector? I have one and when I took it apart to change batteries, the insides fell out and I can’t get it back together. Not an ounce of engineer blood in my veins, lol.

  2. Sharon, I would be happy to do so. I am at work at the moment but I’ll snap a shot of it when I get home. :)

  3. Sharon, I haven’t forgotten about taking some photos for you – I am dealing with some Family Issues at the moment. Please be patient. :)

  4. Hi. I just picked up one of these at the local antique store. I got it working and not only realized it was a projector, it is a slide viewer as well if the lens is reversed.

  5. Scott, it’s a remarkable little projector in my opinion!

  6. I have not found much on the internet, as you mentioned. Have you found out anymore info since you posted the original article

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