Phenakistoscope. With eight double sided picture discs, 180mm-224mm diameter (some badly damaged from adhesive). Black painted heavy card disc with rectangular peripheral perforations. Spindle with wooden handle. 1. Dancer with cornucopea/cherub and female figure 2. Man with bat and ball/two dancers 3. sawmill/blacksmith 4. Man bowing to woman, tumbler/blacksmith 5. hoop and ball/leapfrog 6. Girl with cymbals/two boys jumping back-to-back 7. Wood chopping/woman birching boy 8. Punch/leaping through hoop from horseback.
Phenakistoscope and disc, published by Alphonse Giroux, c. 1830s.
This Phenakistoscope disc shows a man at an anvil. The Phenakistoscope was invented in 1833 by the Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau (1801-1883). It is held with the printed side of the disc facing a mirror. The disc is spun and the viewer looks at its reflection through the slits on the disc's circumference: the drawings appear to move.
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- furnishing and equipment
- toy - recreational artefact
- optical toy
- The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
- Permanent collection
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