The Archaeology of Cinema #1


Mutoscope
(Herman Casler; 1896)

A hand-cranked viewer for exhibiting a reel of photographs printed from a motion picture film.

3 comments:

mwl said...

Wow. I have never seen such a device before. Stunning machine.

you guys are great.

mwl

Professor Batty said...

...up until the late 80's the Minnesota State Fair Arcade had about 20 of these, with several in working order. When I was a child in the fifties I enjoyed putting my pennies in them to watch such tittilating fare as "The Tryst". More on these are found in Billy Bitzer's biography...

Rob said...

Yup, the AZ State Fair had 'em when I was kid, and I was fascinated by the sound as it ran. The pictures were in poor shape tho, I wish they had made more than 2 or 3 at time available.

BCNU