Halloween Victorian Inspired Toys

The history of animation began with a simple device
called the Thaumatrope. Dating back to the early
1800's the Thaumatrope works on the principle
of persistence of vision which is the eye's ability
to retain an image for a fraction of a second after
the object is gone. In this case, the eye continues
to see the two images on either side of the discs for
a split second after each has appeared. As the
Thaumatrope spins the series of quick flashes is
perceived as one continuous image.

I've always loved the simplicity of these Victorian
toys and their magical effect. So it was natural for me
to want to create some for myself, with a Halloween
theme of course. You can find these Spider & Web
and Cage & Bird thaumatropes in my ETSY shop.


Deborah said...

Fascinating! But, do you ever sleep????

Pattee said...

Fabulous! I remember those!

Marilyn said...

Have a Lovely Sunday!

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

Loving these...what a great idea! Enjoy your weekend!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh - your blog blows in out of the water! It's great and so interesting.

I do believe we should celebrate the magic and imagination of life too.

JOLENE said...

Great work! I really love the spider web and the bird cage and I guess I love them all!!! LOL Great photo presentation, too.

Miss•Elena•Eous said...

I just loooove these! The birdcage one is my favorite. They're so fun to play with, but it must be hard to film them for posting...

paynterfamily4 said...

Love it - how creative! I remember one was used in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"!

Rooster Inn Primitives said...

Your work is just awesome


ArtTales said...

very neat! I love them :)

Designs By CK said...

Lovely and I still adore the spider one I have from you. I have it hanging as an ornie on this years Halloween tree! '-)

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Chrisy said...

What a clever girl you are! Such a creative lateral thinker... I bow to you!