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The Filoscope is a type of Flip Book patented in 1897 by English filmmaker Henry William (‘Harry’) Short and sold through his Anglo-French company Filoscope Syndicate. The book is fixed in a tin plate holder, with an iron lever used to flip through the pages. The subjects of the Filoscope were usually films by Robert Paul (1869-1943), a pioneer of the British film industry and Short’s friend.

7. Inv. No. 27761, Filoscope Magazine Flip Book, by Henry W. Short, London, c.1900

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