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Zoetrope Strip - Person Balancing Ball with Feet, 1834-1900 Image Reg. No: ST 042324

Alternative Name(s): Zoetrope Band

Zoetrope strip cut and pasted onto a sheet of paper. This strip is believed to have come from a Victorian era children's scrap book. It depicts 20 slightly different but related still images of a person balancing a ball with their feet. These paper strips were produced to be viewed through a zoetrope and were interchangeable.

The back of the page with the zoetrope strips has two cut-out landscape images. Their relation to the zoetrope is not clear.

A zoetrope comprises a cylindrical shade with individual slits spaced around the circumference to form viewing slits. Beneath the slits, on the inner surface of the cylinder, are placed the zoetrope strips. Many zoetropes would also have featured a central holder for a candle to allow illumination of the images. To view the animation the cylinder is spun with the user looking through the slits at the pictures on the opposite side of the cylinder's interior. The scanning of the slits keeps the pictures from simply blurring together, so that the user sees a rapid succession of images producing the illusion of motion, the equivalent of a motion picture.

The zoetrope was part of a suite of popular philosophical or optical toys created in the 19th century. Like the zoetrope, most attempted to create the illusion of movement using a series of static images.

This zoetrope strip is part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus and ephemera, acquired by the Australian and Victorian Governments in 1975. David Francis was the curator of the National Film and Sound Archive of the British Film Institute as well as being a co-founder of the Museum of the Moving Image in London, which was operational between 1988 and 1999.
Single faded page.
On one side: four paper strips pasted on; each strip hand painted in colour featuring a series of sequential images. On one side is a profile of a man.
On other side: two black and white landscape etchings.
Description Of Content:
Zoetrope band. A page from a Victorian children's scrapbook showing a hand painted band. This could not have been traced because there are twenty images instead of the normal twelve.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 320 mm (Height), 232 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: pre-cinema moving images, animation, optical illusion devices, zoetropes, zoetrope strips
Themes this item is part of: Philosophical (optical) toys - the details, Philosophical (optical) toys - a summary, Francis Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Amusements
Tertiary Classification: optical devices
Inscriptions: On landscape drawing side: Hastings from the East Hill/ Hobbs & Sons, Maidstone
Format: Zoetrope Strip: Hand Coloured
Collector: Mr David Francis, London, Middlesex, England, 1834-1900

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