‘Phenakistoscope’ animations that have been recently digitized contain GIFs more than 150 years old

From the moment he stumbled against an early form of image projector branded “magic lantern” some 40 years back Richard Balzer became obsessed with the optical devices of the earlier day. Balzer, who is in New York, has amassed many incomprehensible and curious tools like Phenakistoscopes, which is among the original tools for producing live animation. Phenakistoscope makes use of a disc having sequential illustrations for producing looping animations on being viewed through tiny slits made on a mirror. The effect that is produced is a lot like the GIFs that are prevalent today.

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