Short's 'Filoscope' Flip Book 'The Train'

Made:
1897 in London
patentee:
Henry W Short
Short's Filoscope 'The Train'.  The British Mutoscope & Biograph Co Ltd. Henry W Short (patentee/inventor).

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Short's Filoscope 'The Train'. The British Mutoscope & Biograph Co Ltd. Henry W Short (patentee/inventor).
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Short's Filoscope 'The Train'. Manufactured by The British Mutoscope & Biograph Co Ltd, Henry W Short (patentee/inventor), 1897.

Invented by Robert W Paul's (1869-1943) cameraman, Henry W Short, this was a small hand-held flip-book device, using a lever to flip over separate pictures to give the illusion of movement. Each filoscope contained a hundred or so frames reproduced from a professional film, many of them by Paul. They were marketed from 1897 onwards by the Anglo-French Filoscope Syndicate.

Details

Category:
Cinematography
Object Number:
2015-5029
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), cardboard, paper (fibre product) and white metal (unknown)
Measurements:
overall (estimate): 70 mm x 100 mm x 30 mm, .55kg
type:
flip books
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford