TELE-VISEX from Brazil




The viewers pictured below would, at first glance, easily be mistaken for a Sawyers Model C, however, closer inspection reveals that it is a TELE-VISEX, manufactured by Alto-Relevo in Brazil in the 1950's and carrying the patent number 213133. It's construction was from bakelite.  The viewer weighed in at 220g, against the Sawyers Model C's weight of 188g.

Whilst clones of viewers are often inferior to the model they were copied from, this particular viewer had a major advantage over the Model C, in that it's body was held together by a set of four screw and nuts. This allowed the viewer to be opened in the event that dust had entered the viewer and it required cleaning. The address of the manufacturer was Floriano Scattolin & Irmãos
Avenida São João 25 - São Paulo Industria Brasileira.

Value Guide: at least $200 upwards - very rare

The example shown below is believed to be a later variation of the model above. Notice the red advance lever and how the bolts are black, as opposed to the chromed nuts and metal lever above.

Value Guide: at least $200 upwards - very rare

A closer view of the two types of advance lever and nut side by side.

Reels produced for the viewer above carry the name Alto-Relevo. The disks themselves are made from pressed card and do not have the aluminium centre as do Sawyers reels. The pictures fade to magenta as they did not use Kodachrome film.


Many of the reel subjects were direct copies from the Sawyers range and even used the same numbering system. An example is show below, FT-8, the Sawyers version is titled, "Little Black Sambo". Other reels were also identical copies but had their numbering changed slightly to include a prefix of TV, and example, would be TV-SAM-1, which is a copy of the Sawyers made "SAM-1 Adventures of Sam Sawyer" reel.

Not all reels were copies of Sawyers products. There were a range of reels that were prefixed TV that were actually produced for the TELE-VISEX viewer and are unique to Alto-Relevo.

Tele-Visex Reel List

Thanks to Leo Vasconcellos B. Maluf of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for finding both of these viewers for me

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