This Zoetrope will have you mesmerized


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That brings back memories from Autumn, Nor’Easters, and cold winter nights on the New Jersey shore, back in the old century.


Nope. Close, but that’s actually not how NTSC works.


Ahh, yes. Never the same colour, as we foreign pals called it.


Wayyy better than my Zooey-trope:


Or for $0 you can probably make a Filmcan Zoetrope with a pair of scissors and a pencil , as documented here




zoetrope = ye old timey animated gifs


Old optical toys, the precursors of modern cinema, remain a source of great fun. There was a larger version of this Zoetrope put on the market in the early 1970s with the same image, but on a white box. On a visit to Paris decades ago, they had a large exhibit of early optical toys at, perhaps, the Musee D’Orsay and many reproductions for sale.

There is an innocence about them that delights.


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