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Three Phenakistiscope Discs, England, Mid 19th Century

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Inventory Number: 56837
Object Type:
Place Created: England United Kingdom Europe
Brief Description: Three Phenakistiscope discs containing a sequence of images for animation. Each disc has equally-spaced, thin radial slots and a hole at the centre for a vertical holder. When the disc is placed on its holder and rotated in front of a mirror, viewing through the slits reveals a motion image in the mirror. Holders are missing.

A 12-slot disc shows a couple dancing. A 20-slot disc shows a frog jumping on grass; another 20-slot disc shows a monster jumping on a yellow ball.
Collection Group:
Material(s): Paper
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
245 mm

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