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Description
Steel hub with many photos on card secured around the edge of the hub. Some staining/wear in centre of card edge. Photo sequence shows police who are in pursuit of a bandit who is in pursuit of a man in a bathing suit. Chase goes through a dance studio and onto jetty, where everyone falls in.
Classification
CH classification PHOTOGRAPHY Viewers mutoscope
CH classification PHOTOGRAPHY Projectors Cine film reel
Production place
USA
Measurements
H95 x Dia.265 mm
Media/Materials description
Steel (Metals - Ferrous), Wood Papers (Paper)
Signature/Marks
< on hub> SUBJECT No. \ SERIAL No. \ INTER.-MUTO. REEL CO. N.Y.C. \ PAT'D \ MADE IN \ U.S.A.
History and use
The Mutoscope was invented by Herbert Cassler in 1894. When the crank of the machine is wound, this reel of still photographs, mounted on cardboard, is rotated to create a short film; much like a flipbook creates the illusion of movement.

This photo sequence shows police who are in pursuit of a bandit who is in pursuit of a man in a bathing suit. The chase goes through a dance studio and onto a jetty, where everyone falls in. This film, a comedy, was made to screen to people of all ages. However, despite the machine’s popularity with children at fairgrounds and amusement arcades, many films made for the Mutoscope contained ‘adult’ content. Famous film titles included ‘Wiggling Wonders’ and ‘A Peeping Tom’, and the machine was nicknamed after one of the infamous early films ‘What the Butler Saw’.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
H26384

Country

USA

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