Phenakistoscope, Belgian, 1833.
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actual image size: 32cm x 32cm

Phenakistoscope, Belgian, 1833.

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


This optical toy was invented by the Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau (1801-1883). It is held with the printed side of the disc facing a mirror. When the disc is spun the viewer looks at its reflection through the apertures on the disc's circumference and the drawings appear to move.

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