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Inventory no. 80585 - Former Display Label

English WHEEL OF LIFE (ZOETROPE) c.1867

This development of the Phenakisticope was invented by W. G. Horner of Bristol in
1834, but it was not marketed until 1867. The device consists of a slot-pierced drum
which revolves horizontally on a pivot. Inside the drum below the slots is a paper
band on which are drawn pictures in various stages of movement. When the drum is
set in motion and the figures are viewed through the slots an impression of action is
given.

Inscribed on a label inside the drum "WHEEL OF LIFE"; the maker's name is not
legible.

Clay Collection C356

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