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Advertisement - Emile Reynaud, Praxinoscope Theatre, circa 1880 Document Reg. No: ST 042202

Advertisement highlighting the bronze medal that the praxinoscope theatre received at the 1878 Exposition Universal in Paris.

The praxinoscope theatre was invented by the Frenchman Charles-Emile Reynaud. It was an improvement on his earlier praxinoscope as it hid the mechanics of operation. It became part of a suite of popular philosophical or optical toys created in the 19th century. Like the praxinoscope theatre, most attempted to create the illusion of movement using a series of static images.

This PraxinoscopeTheatre advertisement 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.
Advertisement depicting a woman looking at an animation through the viewing slot of a praxinoscope theatre.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 128 mm (Height), 86 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: advertising, pre-cinema moving images, animation, optical illusion devices, praxinoscopes
Themes this item is part of: Francis Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Amusements
Tertiary Classification: optical devices
Inscriptions: Printed inscription including: 'PRAXINOSCIPE-THEATRE/MED. DE BRONZE EXPn 1889/.........'
Inventor: Charles-Emile Reynaud, Paris, France, 1879
Collector: Mr David Francis, London, Middlesex, England, Great Britain, 1990

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