Animation History

By S.Jones
  • Thaumotrope

    A optical toy that was popular in the 19th century. A disk with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When pulled on opposite ends of the string it creates the illusion of a moving picture.
  • Phenakitstoscope

    A spinning cardboard disk that created the illusion of movement when viewed in a mirror.
  • Zoetrope

    a device for giving an illusion of motion, consisting of a slitted drum that, when whirled, shows a succession of images placed opposite the slits within the drum as one moving image.