Praxinoscope

Praxinoscope

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Credit: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Praxinoscope. Historical engraving of a young girl watching a man using a praxinoscope. Invented by M. Reynaud of Paris, France, the praxinoscope was a nineteenth century novelty item that was a precursor to modern cinematography. As with cinematography, the praxinoscope depended on persistence of vision. 16 pictures of a movement that occurred in one second, such as a galloping horse, were mounted in sequence onto a revolving drum (centre left). When viewing the revolving drum though a slit (upper right), the pictures appeared to move.

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Keywords: art, artwork, cinematography, communication, communications, historical, history of science, moving image, novelty, praxinoscope, precursor, reynaud's praxinoscope, technology

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