This is an authentic, working replica of a praxinoscope, an animation device invented in 1877.
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This is an authentic, working replica of a praxinoscope, an animation device invented in 1877. Used to depict motion using a series of rapidly spinning images, it is considered the precursor to the modern motion picture, it was invented by French science teacher Charles-Émile Reynaud. A dodecagonal drum--each face containing a 2 3/4" H x 1" W mirror--sits concentrically inside a smooth, 8" diameter cylinder. A paper strip of 12 images is placed into the cylinder; when the brass finial is spun, the images are reflected in the central prism of mirrors, creating the illusion of movement. This replica comes with 14 image strips, including a galloping horse, two blacksmiths taking turns hammering a piece of iron on an anvil, and a rotund captain of industry rolling by virtue of his own girth. Beech construction. 8 3/4" H x 8" Diam. (2 1/2 lbs.)