Choreutoscope

America

c.1870

 

The choreutoscope was invented by L.S. Beale of England in 1866. This is an American version. The "dancing skeleton" becomes animated by having a sliding set of separate images pass rapidly behind an opening with a shutter masking each successive movement and creating a continous animation.

 

0333


The Dancing Skeleton

America

c. 1880

4" x 11"

 

A different form of the Choreutoscope. In this slide a skeleton figure is drawn in different positionss on a rotating disc. When the disc rotates and the shutter rotates the skeleton seems to dance.

 

4153

 

 





Sailor’s Hornpipe

Great Britain

c. 1890

4" x 11"

 

A different form of the Choreutoscope. In this slide a sailor in different positions are printed on a rotating disc. When the disc rotates and the shutter rotates the sailor seems to dance.

 

4624


Wood & hand-painted glass

Continental

c. 1850

19 1/2" x 6 3/4"

 

1551


Projecting Phenakistascope

America

c. 1870

Image: 3 1/4" diameter; frame: 4" x 9 1/2"

 

1435





Projecting Phenakistascope

America

c. 1870

Image: 3 1/4" diameter; frame: 4" x 11"

 

A simpler version of the projecting phenakistascope with sixteen discs.

 

4606



Projecting Phenakistascope

America

c. 1870

Image: 3 1/4" diameter; frame: 4" x 11"

 

A simpler version of the projecting phenakistascope.

 

4154



Hand-painted glass

America

c. 1870

3" diameter

 

Two slides for the projecting phenakistascope.

 

2444/2445

 

 





Hand-painted glass

c. 1870

3 1/16" diameter

 

Four slides for the projecting phenakistascope.

 

2702


Three Changeable Heads

Hand-painted glass slide

Great Britain

c. 1860

4" x 7"

 

Chromotrope with changeable heads that go from three horses heads to three soldiers.

 

1254



To Glory-Coming Home

Hand-painted glass slide

Great Britain

c. 1880

4" x 7"

 

A metamorphic slide. One view shows a proud man going to war (To Glory). The second view which becomes apparent when you rotate the slide 180 degrees shows a donkey or mule eating oats (Coming Home).

 

4614


The Chameleon Effect

America

c. 1880

4 1/2" x 10 1/4"

 

A chameleon sitting on a branch changes colors.

 

2126


Snow Effect

Wood & perforated paper

Great Britain

c. 1880

4" x 7"

 

1745



Ascension

Wood & hand-painted glass

America

c. 1880

9 1/2" x 4"

 

Sold by T.H. McAllister, New York

 

4116


Wood & hand-painted glass

America

c. 1880

4" x 7"

 

Sold by A.T. Thompson & Co., Boston.

 

2536


Wood & hand-painted glass

America

c.1880

4" x 7"

 

Sold by McIntosh Battery & Optical, Chicago.

 

2538



The Cycloidotrope

Brass, wood & glass

America

c. 1870

4 1/2" x 10 1/2"

 

This ingenious slide, known as the Invisible Drawing Master, used a stylist and produce projected geometric forms on smoked glass in real time.

 

In original box.

 

2377


Tank Slide

Wood & glass

Great Britain

c. 1880

4" x 7"

 

A slide featuring a windowed, concave trench used for holding various liquids.

 

3375


Kaleidoscopic Slide

Wood & stained glass pieces

Great Britain

c. 1880

4" x 7"

 

3436











Spirograph

Wood and hand-painted glass

Great Britain

c. 1880

Spirograph slide: 4 1/4" x 10 1/2"

Image slides: 3 3/4" x 5 1/2"

Box: 5 1/4" x 11 1/4" x 5"

 

Sold by J. T. Middleton, 38 Little Queen St. Holborn, London

 

This boxed spirograph set allows the creation of multiple chromotropes. A fixed rotating slide with the black spiral design can be combined with one of the twelve slides (including a water fountain, the Prince of Wales Feathers & the Coat of Arms of Great Britain), creating a powerful image.

 

4185





Hand-painted glass

Great Britain

c. 1890

3 1/4" x 6"

 

3898


"The Wrench" Test Slide for Projection Lenses

Wood & hand-painted glass

Great Britain

c. 1890

3 1/4" x 3 1/4"

 

3893








Workstel "E-Fect" Slides

Hand-painted glass

America

c. 1930

4" x 5"

 

A set of slides to be projected as theatrical backdrops, made exclusively for use with the Brenograph B-7.

 

3899, 3900, 3901, 3902, 3903, 3904, 3905