Zoetrope

Zoetrope

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Credit: ADAM HART-DAVIS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Zoetrope. Invented by an unknown Chinese inventor in 180, it is credited to William George Horner in 1834. This nineteenth century novelty item was a precursor to modern cinematography. Zoetropes use sequential images placed inside a drum with vertical slits cut in the side. When the drum is rotated and the images viewed through the slits it gives the impression of movement.

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Keywords: 19th century, 1st, cinema, cinematography, communication, communications, first, galloping horse, historical, history of science, horner, moving image, nineteenth, novelty, optical toy, technology, viewing, william george, zoetrope theatre

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