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William Ensign Lincoln invented the definitive zoetrope in 1865 when he was circa 18 years old and a sophomore at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Lincoln's patented version had the viewing slits on a level above the pictures, which allowed the use of easily replaceable strips of images.

The zoetrope works on the same principle as its predecessor, the phenakistoscope, but is more convenient and allows the animation to be viewed by several people at the same time. Instead of being radially arrayed on a disc, the sequence of pictures depicting phases of motion is on a paper strip. For viewing, this is placed against the inner surface of the lower part of an open-topped metal/ wood drum, the upper part of which is provided with a vertical viewing slit across from each picture. The drum, on a spindle base, is spun. The faster the drum is spun, the smoother the animation appears.

                                          Light topic/ Animation

Light can play trick on eyes and this model does exactly that. We know that the pictures inside the drum are still pictures, but when the drum is turned the animals and characters appear to move. A Victorian toy in kit form - our kit consists of: A4 Pictures on paper, A4 black card, 3 wooden cogs, a correx disc, a straw and a wooden stick with instructions.

                                                                *SENT IN A POLY ZIP BAG

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                                     PS39 - £5 includes postage

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