Coronavirus (COVID-19) While museums are closed, the Science and Society Picture Library prints site is fully operational and we have added an FAQ page here.

Five Fantascope discs, 1833.

NMPFT Photo Studio

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


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.

Image Details

Image Ref.

© National Museum of Science & Media / Science & Society Picture Library

buy a print

Select size
Select finish
How many prints?

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas