The Zoetrope is the best known of several animation toys which were invented in the 19th century, a time when people first discovered ways to make still pictures move. The Zoetrope appeared first in England in 1834, then France in 1860, and finally in the United States in 1867. The Zoetrope was named by its French inventor, Pierre Devignes. In "zoetrope" you might recognize the root word, "zoo". That is from a Greek word meaning animal or life. "Trope" is also from Greek, and refers to a thing that turns.
The Zoetrope is known as "the wheel of life". When you place a strip of drawings inside the Zoetrope's drum, spin it, and look through the slots, you will see the images moving as if they have come to life. This illusion of motion depends on two things: persistence of vision and the Phi phenomenon. 8.5 cm (3.625") high, 10 cm (4") diameter.
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