Thursday, November 06, 2008

Jack and Beverly's Optical Toy Collection

Thomas Rowlandson engraving
2"Slip slides" in animated form

This is the coolest website - Jack and Beverly's collection of vintage optical motion toys including the "magic lantern, Zoetrope (wheel of life), Praxinoscope, Phenakistoscope, a Polyrama Panoptique, a Kinora, Mutoscope, and flip books. These toys are the genesis of motion pictures. They are, in effect, single frame animations like a modern movie cartoon."

Read about them and see more at

The Art of Amy Crehore

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