Praxinoscope

Praxinoscope

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Credit: ADAM HART-DAVIS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Praxinoscope. Invented by Emile Reynaud in 1879, this nineteenth century novelty item was a precursor to modern cinematography. Praxinoscopes used mirrors, as opposed to slits, and were lit by a shaded candle placed at upper centre (not present). Sixteen sequential pictures are rotated on a revolving drum to give the impression of movement.

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Keywords: 19th century, cinema, cinematography, communication, communications, emile, galloping horse, historical, history of science, mirrors, moving image, nineteenth, novelty, optical toy, praxinoscope theatre, reynaud, technology, viewing

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