Friday, July 27, 2007

The answer to Harold Deppe's question about the contraption pictured. Here is a photo taken at the "Museum of the Moving Image"(located in Astoria, Queens). The quality of the photo is very poor.
The text reads as follows:
Edison, Dickson, and the Mutoscope
The Mutoscope applies the principle of the flipbook to the presentation of moving pictures.
A sequence of film stills is attached to a large wheel. When the Mutoscope is cranked, the still images flip past and create the appearance of movement.

By the time the Mutoscope was invented, the motion picture camera was already existed in primitive form. W.K.I Dickson, the engineer who originated the camera in Thomas Edison's laboratory, left Edison in 1895 to form a competing motion picture company. To circumvent Edison's patents, he came up with the Mutoscope.

The are 2 working models on exhibit in the museum. The photo shows a detailed drawing of the Mutoscope.

You can also Google "Mutoscope" to find more information or go to the following website:

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