Five Fantascope discs, 1833.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Five Fantascope discs, 1833.

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© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Made by Ackermann and Co in 1833, these scenes depict couples dancing, a woman beating a man with a stick and a jumping jack. The Fantascope is another name for the Phenakistoscope, which was invented by the Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau (1801-1883) in 1832. By spinning the disc picture-side towards a mirror and looking through the slits, a brief reflection of each succesive picture can be seen, making the subjects in the pictures appear to move.



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