Short's 'Filoscope' flip book, 1897.

Short's 'Filoscope' flip book, 1897.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


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. This one contains a sequence of photographs of a train, and was made in London by license from The British Mutoscope & Biograph Co Ltd.

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