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Choreutoscope

<p>Beale&rsquo;s Choreutoscope, Baker, Great Britain, 1866-1880</p>

Beale’s Choreutoscope, Baker, Great Britain, 1866-1880

Invented by Beale in 1866, this was a device for the animated protection of drawings using a magic lamp, based on the theory of retinal persistence.

It was formed by a sheet of glass on which different drawings were made of a skeleton’s sequence of movement over a black background. This sheet was mounted on a Maltese cross mechanism, which made the image move forward suddenly. This device would later be used in the intermittent film drag systems in cinema cameras and projectors.

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