Lithographic poster by Jules Cheret for Reynaud's 'Pantomimes Lumineuses' at his Theatre Optique (Optical Theatre). Emile Reynaud's (1844-1918) Theatre Optique was patented in 1888 and was a large-scale adaptation of his Praxinoscope. The 'Pantomimes Lumineuses', comprised a band of sequential pictures painted on a flexible strip, which was reeled through projection apparatus and projected on a large screen. It was first presented to the public in Paris in 1892, but was soon superceded by the realism of photographic moving images.
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