Kinora Reel 'Tea In The Garden'

c. 1905 in Lyons

Reel of flip card picture film in cardboard carton, by Lumiere, for Kinora viewer; No 23, Series 89, 'Tea in the Garden', showing a family eating outdoors.

Invented by the Lumiere Company in France in 1897, the Kinora only came into widespread use when they were reintroduced in the early 20th century. These home viewers came in a variety of styles but were all based on the flip book principle: by turning a handle the reel revolved causing the pictures to flip over against a static peg; the moving pictures were viewed through an eyepiece. Kinora reels were derived from a variety of cinema films, though a camera was available for making home movies.


Object Number:
1967-207 Pt2/2
brass (copper, zinc alloy), cardboard, paper (fibre product) and steel (metal)
carton: 125 mm x 25 mm
optical toy
The National Media Museum, Bradford

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