19TH CENTURY ZOETROPE or WHEEL OF LIFE MOVING PICTURES
A rare Zoetrope from the late 19th Century. Along with the flicker-book, the original moving pictures. A method by which a strip of drawn images was inserted into a circular, tin drum, the drum being placed on the spike of a cast iron base and the drum then sent spinning by hand.
By virtue of the slits cut into the side of the drum and by bending down and putting the eye close to the moving drum, the images appear to move. In this case the strip is of stills of different positions in the movement of a monkey riding a dog which encounters various gates/fences . The monkey and dog appear to move and jump the obstacles.
The base of the drum has a makers label of the London Stereoscopic and photographic Co, Secured by Royal Letters Patent and named, the Wheel of Life. There are three sets of circular, coloured, patterned sheets to provide more colour and movement to the base when moving.
Currently on hire to a film company, but returning and for sale as of 22nd December 2011.