The Praxinoscope, invented in 1877, was the successor to the Zoetrope. The Praxinoscope replaces the Zoetrope's slits with angled mirrors placed in the center of the drum. Viewing the spinning animation reflecting off these circularly arranged mirrors brakes up the blur of color into an animation sequence. Viewing the images off mirrors, rather than through small slits provided a brighter clearer animation; which was especially important before the advent of the electric light bulb.
This fine Praxinoscope is a recreation of Emile Reynaud's original nineteenth century invention. It is handcrafted with solid wood and brass. And includes 48 mostly historical animation sequences with a few modern examples including: several circus scenes from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, some of Emile Reynaud's original designs, and four designs by Eadward Muydbridge.
Size: Height: 8 inch Diameter: 6.75 inch (Height: 203 mm Diameter: 171 mm)