Phenakistoscope disc with handle

Made:
c. 1830s
publisher:
Alphonse Giroux
inventor:
Joseph Plateau
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Phenakistoscope
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
Science Museum Group Collection

Phenakistoscope, complete with disc
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
Science Museum Group Collection

Phenakistoscope. With eight double sided picture discs, 180mm-224mm diameter (some badly damaged from adhesive). Black painted heavy card disc with rectangular peripheral perforations. Spindle with wooden handle. 1. Dancer with cornucopea/cherub and female figure 2. Man with bat and ball/two dancers 3. sawmill/blacksmith 4. Man bowing to woman, tumbler/blacksmith 5. hoop and ball/leapfrog 6. Girl with cymbals/two boys jumping back-to-back 7. Wood chopping/woman birching boy 8. Punch/leaping through hoop from horseback.

Phenakistoscope and disc, published by Alphonse Giroux, c. 1830s.

This Phenakistoscope disc shows a man at an anvil. The Phenakistoscope was invented in 1833 by the Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau (1801-1883). It is held with the printed side of the disc facing a mirror. The disc is spun and the viewer looks at its reflection through the slits on the disc's circumference: the drawings appear to move.

Details

Category:
Cinematography
Object Number:
1990-5036/7181
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), cardboard and wood (unidentified)
type:
phenakistoscope
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • toy - recreational artefact
  • optical toy
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford