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Set of Uncut Paper Patterns

1964-1966 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Four printed paper sheets of cut-out optical toys, modern reproductions of 19th century originals.

Helter-skelter: two towers, a kiosk and a base. Attached to the towers are spirals with four children on each, which revolve if placed over a heat source. Printed on thick paper in orange, dark shocking pink and black.

Praxinoscope: a device patented by Reynaud in 1877 to overcome the distortion accompanying the Zoetrope. A band of pictures is placed on the inside of the large, shallow cylinder. The images are viewed in the mirrors (made of strips of shiny coated paper) which form the inner cylinder. When the cylinder is revolved, the images seen in the mirrors form a moving image. Three sets of ten pictures are included: a jack-in-the-box; a bird in flight; a station guard. Printed on thick paper in purple and black.

Zoetrope: a series of pictures are placed inside a hollow cylinder which can be rotated. The pictures are viewed through the slots in the side of the cylinder, and a successionof momentary images are seen, giving the impression of movement. The pictures are: windmill; juggler; swing; a man bouncing a ball. Printed on thick paper in pink, orange, blue and black.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Cut-Out Helter-Skelter
  • Cut-Out Praxinoscope
  • Cut-Out Zoetrope
Materials and techniques
Printed paper
Brief description
Uncut paper patterns for optical toys (helter-skelter, praxinoscope, zoetrope) based on 19th century originals; Rumbold Gallery, 1960s
Physical description
Four printed paper sheets of cut-out optical toys, modern reproductions of 19th century originals.

Helter-skelter: two towers, a kiosk and a base. Attached to the towers are spirals with four children on each, which revolve if placed over a heat source. Printed on thick paper in orange, dark shocking pink and black.

Praxinoscope: a device patented by Reynaud in 1877 to overcome the distortion accompanying the Zoetrope. A band of pictures is placed on the inside of the large, shallow cylinder. The images are viewed in the mirrors (made of strips of shiny coated paper) which form the inner cylinder. When the cylinder is revolved, the images seen in the mirrors form a moving image. Three sets of ten pictures are included: a jack-in-the-box; a bird in flight; a station guard. Printed on thick paper in purple and black.

Zoetrope: a series of pictures are placed inside a hollow cylinder which can be rotated. The pictures are viewed through the slots in the side of the cylinder, and a successionof momentary images are seen, giving the impression of movement. The pictures are: windmill; juggler; swing; a man bouncing a ball. Printed on thick paper in pink, orange, blue and black.
Dimensions
  • Length: 57.2cm
  • Width: 35.6cm
Dimensions are same for all sheets
Production typeMass produced
Credit line
Given by G. Cassteels Baker
Object history
Given to the Museum in 1967 by G. Cassteels Baker, ARIBA [66/3729].
Subjects depicted
Collection
Accession number
MISC.2-1967

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Record createdJuly 1, 2009
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