Persistence of Vision Toys

4 05 2009

Someday, when my bindery is set up, I want to experiment with these art/book/film forms.  In the meantime, here is food for dreaming.  Also, don’t forget Diorama-O-Rama in Dallas, May 23rd!

Above is a case containing a selection of our persistence of vision toys. In left of the front row is a Mechanical Cinema toy that spins to show movement by combining the images on two sides of the card. Next is a 19th century Phenakistoscope with a selection of reels. On the right in that row is a Praxinoscope, a drum with a center of mirror facets. Back left is an early 20th century variation of the Phenakistoscope, the Motion Picture Show or Ludoscope. Back right is a large Zoetrope (wheel of life) on a base.  (from website http://brightbytes.com/collection/per_vis.html)

Above is a case containing a selection of our "persistence of vision" toys. In left of the front row is a Mechanical Cinema toy that spins to show movement by combining the images on two sides of the card. Next is a 19th century Phenakistoscope with a selection of reels. On the right in that row is a Praxinoscope, a drum with a center of mirror facets. Back left is an early 20th century variation of the Phenakistoscope, the Motion Picture Show or Ludoscope. Back right is a large Zoetrope (wheel of life) on a base. (from website http://brightbytes.com/collection/per_vis.html)

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8 05 2009
Jeff Peachey

I love these things also. There is a good video, titled “Film before Film”
http://www.kino.com/video/item.php?film_id=108
That I used to screen when I taught an undergrad book arts class.

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