Optical toys

Optical Toys

Now the middle case which has the title 'making pictures move' I might refer to as optical toys. Things really started to hot up in the 1820s onwards. The Thaumatrope is perhaps the first optical trick that led to all  the successive stages towards cinema being invented at the end of the 19th century. The Thaumatrope is a simple little round disk with one picture on one side- say, a bird- and on the other side, the cage. And when you twirl it, you can see the bird in the cage. More importantly, the Phenakistoscope- If you move round the case, you'll see the Phenakistoscope- was the first toy to create movement. And ours is a very rare one which has its mirror incorporated in the toy itself and in its original box. I actually purchased this in Buxton and it was the first precinema  item that we added to our collection. 

Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
  1. Shadow Theatre
  2. Ombrascopes
  3. Paris Chat Noir
  4. Introduction to Panorama
  5. Diorama and the Dissolve Effect
  6. Protean Views
  7. Optical Toys
  8. Praxinoscope Theatre
  9. Magic Lanterns
  10. Edison and Dickson: Kinetoscope and Mutoscope
  11. Lumière Cinématographe
  12. Robert Paul: Moving Pictures
  13. Hepworth's Animated Photography