Zoetrope drum

London Stereoscopic Company

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Zoetrope Drum
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
Science Museum Group Collection

Zoetrope drum. Label inside with makers name and 'Wheel of Life', secured by Royal Letters Patent. London Stereoscopic and Photographic Co. Ltd 'Sole Licensees'.

The concept of the Zoetrope was first suggested in 1833 by the Austrian scientist Simon Stamfer (1792-1864), but it was not commercially exploited until 1867. It was a development of the Phenakistoscope (where a single visitor viewed images on a spinning disc in a mirror through slits in the disc). Using the Zoetrope, several viewers could look through slits in the drum simultaneously to see the drawings move and it became a popular optical toy.


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metal (unknown) and paper (fibre product)
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image viewing equipment
  • optical toy
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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