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DIDACTICAL MEDIA ARCHAEOLOGY REPLICAS
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Manufacturers and Distributors are invited to provide sample items from their catalogues. Toys can be purchased without interference of Early Visual Media by contacting the links provided. See bottom of page for conditions to announce 'Newly Made Optical Toys'. Send Toy review request too: thomas@visual-media.be



Most fascinating amusements, both for children and grown-ups, are the Philosophical toys such as, Optical Toys, Kinetic Toys & Jouet Séditieux.
Many of these toys from the 17th., 18th. & 19th. century where firstly developed as a result of scientific research and often became popular as
scientific amusements and toys for all ages.

The most representative example is the Phenakistiscope, invented by Joseph Plateau. However, Simon Stampfer created (totally independent from Plateau) the same device known as Stroboscopische Sheiben, (see animation on the right)

Both identical toys where the first to create the illusion of movement from a series of artificial 'still' images. This is the opposite of the work done by the chronophotographers who analyzed true movement by reducing 'life' into a series of 'still' images.

This page announces working replica samples of optical toys and compares them with their historical vintage editions.
All replica toys are copyrighted by their respective manufacturers.

Simon Stampfer discs

Original Stroboscopische Sheibe.


 


Please refer to 'Early Visual Media' as your information source for the replica(s) you order
Follow photo links to guide you to the corresponding toy page for information from the manufacturer
 
Diableries replica set
 
Stereoscopic adventures in Hell
Brian May's Diableries for Christmas
 
By Brian May
 
Currently available from ‘The London Stereoscopic Company’ is a set of 12 (+2) stereo Diableries reproduced in wonderful color, quality & 3-D experience.
This set is published to announce the definitive book on the subject, summer 2013.

Don’t’ wait too long to order your 12 card (+ 2) set since this wonderful project is a limited edition! Click the image to go to the order page and help in the expansion of this project to publish possibly even more Diablerie stereo cards.

A perfect new stereoscope, 'The OWL', designed by Brian May to view these images is available too.
Denis Pellerin's, Brian May's & Paula Fleming's long awaited definitive book ‘Diableries Stereoscopic adventures in Hell’ will be available from summer 2013.

Diableries are an intriguing set of humorous 19th century colored stereo albumin photographs depicting everyday life in hell. Original Diableries are rare to find and this set is reproduced using the best original copies known, preserved in the collection of Brian May.

Where necessary some of the images where digitally restored by the use of diableries from the Visual Media collection. The result is a set of great quality, today virtually impossible to find in their original vintage version.

Click for more information on the coming book.

 
Stereoscopic adventures in Hell
 

 
 
 
A 426y
LA TOUPIE FANTOCHE
reference A-426

'La Toupie Fantoche' replica set including handle with 4 mirrors for viewing (handheld). The set contains 8 animated cardboard discs based on original vintage designs. (each disc is double sided which result in 16 animations).

The 'Toupie Fantoche' is a very rare Victorian Toy, invented by Emile Reynaud, animating a set of 4 images by the aid of mirrors. (similar to the Praxinoscope but with fewer images)
More about the 'Toupie Fantoche' can be found on the Emile Reynaud page.

This replica Toupie Fantoche set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
 
A 427y
LA TOUPIE FANTOCHE
reference A-427

'La Toupee Fantoche' replica set including handle with 4 mirrors for viewing (On wooden stand). The set contains 8 animated cardboard discs based on original vintage designs. (each disc is double sided which result in 16 animations).

The 'Toupie Fantoche' is a very rare Victorian Toy, invented by Emile Reynaud, animating a set of 4 images by the aid of mirrors. (similar to the Praxinoscope but with fewer images)
More about the 'Toupie Fantoche' can be found on the Emile Reynaud page.

This replica Toupie Fantoche set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
English Style Camera Obscura.
English Style Camera Obscura

'English Style Camera Obscura' to be used as a drawing aid for artists or demonstration model for didactical purposes.

This Camera Obscura is made in solid, 1/2 inch thick, Oak lumber with a protective finish. It can be used as a fully functional art tool. Move mouse over image to see the camera sliding out.

The two parts of the instrument are telescopic, as seen in English Style Camera Obscura's, to enable focusing. Both, a clear and a ground glass are included for different purposes.

More detailed technical information and order form for this sliding Camera Obscura can be found on Les Cookson's 'Ancient Magic Art Tools' web site.

More replicas of old drawing instruments can be found via the homepage of the web site or ebay store. Contact Les Cookson for more information.
 
English Style Camera Obscura
 

 
 
A 403y
THE PHENAKISTOSCOPE
reference A-403

Phenakistiscope replica set in decorative box including handle for mounting and mirror for viewing. The set contains 12 cardboard discs based on originals by Joseph Plateau, Jean-Baptiste Madou & Simon Stampfer.

The wooden handle is thicker as usually seen in an original set but the replica discs closely resemble vintage samples.

More about 'Vintage Phenakistiscopes' can be found on the Joseph Plateau introduction page and the Stampfer Discs and Phenakistiscope page.
See also the academic Bill Douglas Phenakistoscope page.

This replica Phenakistiscope set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
Replica
 

 
 
 
A 405y
THAUMATROPE
reference A-405

Thaumatrope set decorative box.
The set contains 10 strong paper discs reproduced from historical samples. All Thaumatropes work very well as seen in original vintage sets.

The 'Turning Wonder', as named in English, was an idea of Sir John Herschel and became popularized by John Ayrton in England. The 'Wonder Turner' demonstrates the short persistence of images on our retina.

Thaumatropes were the first of many optical toys. More information on 'Vintage Thaumatropes' can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Thaumatrope page.

This replica Thaumatrope set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
 
H 62 y
THE ZOOTROPE or ZOETROPE (12 slots)
reference H 62

Zootrope set in decorative box including 13 color picture strips.
This smoothly working Zootrope has a wooden base and a strong, paper decorated, plastic drum. Although the drum is made of (good quality) plastic this choice of material does not affect the wonderful look and working of the apparatus.

All picture strips are nicely printed in color on strong high quality paper depicting reproductions of vintage samples. All strips are working perfectly and demonstrate the illusion of movement by still images.
This is thanks to the correct relation between the number of 'slots' and number of images on the strips, a principle of utmost importance to guarantee a good illusion of animation.

The diameter of the drum measures 20 cm. and this reproduction closely resembles a true vintage Zootrope. More information on 'Vintage Zootropes' can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Zootrope page.

This replica Zootrope set is made by Hemisferium.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
 
A 410y
mini ZOOTROPE French
reference A-410

Zootrope replica 12 animated picture strips.

The Zootrope has a wooden base and a paper decorated strong cardboard drum showing 12 slots to view the various picture strips.

All picture strips are depicting reproductions of vintage samples.
The diameter of the drum measures 12 cm. and this reproduction closely resembles a true vintage Zootrope.


More information on 'Vintage Zootropes' can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Zootrope page.

This replica Zootrope set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
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A 423y
mini ZOOTROPE Lumiere
reference A-423

Zootrope replica 12 animated picture strips.

The Zootrope has a wooden base and a paper decorated strong cardboard drum showing 12 slots to view the various picture strips.

All picture strips are depicting reproductions of vintage samples.
The diameter of the drum measures 12 cm. and this reproduction closely resembles a true vintage Zootrope.



More information on 'Vintage Zootropes' can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Zootrope page.

This replica Zootrope set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
 
A 401y
French ZOOTROPE (13 slots)
reference A-401

Zootrope based on an original French design including 17 animated picture strips, each showing 13 images.

The Zootrope has a wooden base and a paper decorated strong cardboard drum showing 13 slots to view the various picture strips.

All picture strips are depicting reproductions of vintage samples.
The diameter of the drum measures 23 cm. and this reproduction closely resembles a true vintage Zootrope.

More information on 'Vintage Zootropes' can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Zootrope page.

This replica Zootrope set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer. See the French Zootrope on You Tube.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
 
A 400y
Art Deco ZOOTROPE (13 slots)
reference A-400

Art-Deco decorated Zootrope including 17 animated picture strips, each showing 13 images.

The Zootrope has a wooden base and a paper decorated strong cardboard drum showing 13 slots to view the various picture strips.

All picture strips are depicting reproductions of vintage samples.
The diameter of the drum measures 23 cm. and this reproduction closely resembles a true vintage Zootrope.

More information on 'Vintage Zootropes' can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Zootrope page.

This replica Zootrope set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
H 63y
THE PRAXINOSCOPE (12 mirrors)
reference H-63

Large Praxinoscope in decorative box including 14 color picture strips.
This smoothly working Praxinoscope has a wooden base and a strong, paper decorated, plastic drum with copper top. Although the drum is made of (good quality) plastic this choice of material does not affect the wonderful look and working of the apparatus.

All picture strips are nicely printed in color on strong high quality paper depicting reproductions of vintage samples. All strips are working perfectly and demonstrate the illusion of movement by still images.

This is thanks to the correct relation between the number of mirrors and number of images on the strips, a principle of utmost importance to guarantee a good illusion of animation. The mirrors are slightly tinted and have a 'old mirrorlike' deforming surface which improves the vintage look of the whole design.

The diameter of the drum measures 20,5 cm. Hopefully the manufacturer will plan a 'Theatre Praxinoscope' version too?
More information on 'Vintage Praxinoscopes' can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Praxinoscope page.

(A more basic device using the same mirror principle is known as 'La Toupie Fantoche' and make use of 4 mirrors only)

This replica Praxinoscope set is made by Hemisferium.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
 
A 413y
PRAXINOSCOPE Brass (12 mirrors)
reference A-413

Large Praxinoscope showing 12 mirrors, accompanied by 17 picture strips with 12 images each.
All picture strips are reproductions of vintage samples.

The 'Praxinoscope' was a most popular Victorian optical parlor Toy, invented by Emile Reynaud, animating sets of picture strips by the aid of mirrors. Compared to the mirrorless phenakistiscope, the use of mirrors in the Praxinoscope introduced an optical improvement in visibility of the animated image.

(A more basic device using the same mirror principle is known as 'La Toupie Fantoche' and make use of 4 mirrors only)

More information on 'Vintage Praxinoscopes' can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Praxinoscope page.

This replica Praxinoscope set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
 
A 425y
Mini PRAXINOSCOPE Circus Red (13 mirrors)
reference A-425

Mini Praxinoscope showing 13 mirrors, accompanied by 17 picture strips with 13 images each.
All picture strips are reproductions of vintage samples.

The 'Praxinoscope' was a most popular Victorian optical parlor Toy, invented by Emile Reynaud, animating sets of picture strips by the aid of mirrors. Compared to the mirrorless phenakistiscope, the use of mirrors in the Praxinoscope introduced an optical improvement in visibility of the animated image.

(A more basic device using the same mirror principle is known as 'La Toupie Fantoche' and make use of 4 mirrors only)

More information on 'Vintage Praxinoscopes' can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Praxinoscope page.

This replica Praxinoscope set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
 
A 430y
Mini PRAXINOSCOPE Circus Blue(13 mirrors)
reference A-430

Mini Praxinoscope showing 13 mirrors, accompanied by 17 picture strips with 13 images each.
All picture strips are reproductions of vintage samples.

The 'Praxinoscope' was a most popular Victorian optical parlor Toy, invented by Emile Reynaud, animating sets of picture strips by the aid of mirrors. Compared to the mirrorless phenakistiscope, the use of mirrors in the Praxinoscope introduced an optical improvement in visibility of the animated image.

(A more basic device using the same mirror principle is known as 'La Toupie Fantoche' and make use of 4 mirrors only).

More information on 'Vintage Praxinoscopes' can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Praxinoscope page.

This replica Praxinoscope set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
 
A 417y
PRAXINOSCOPE Tales (12 mirrors)
reference A-417

Large Praxinoscope showing 12 mirrors, accompanied by 17 picture strips with 12 images each.
All picture strips are reproductions of vintage samples.

The 'Praxinoscope' was a most popular Victorian optical parlor Toy, invented by Emile Reynaud, animating sets of picture strips by the aid of mirrors. Compared to the mirrorless phenakistiscope, the use of mirrors in the Praxinoscope introduced an optical improvement in visibility of the animated image.

(A more basic device using the same mirror principle is known as 'La Toupie Fantoche' and make use of 4 mirrors only)

More information on 'Vintage Praxinoscopes' can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Praxinoscope page.

This replica Praxinoscope set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
 
A 418y
PRAXINOSCOPE Scenes(12 mirrors)
reference A-418

Large Praxinoscope showing 12 mirrors, accompanied by 17 picture strips with 12 images each.
All picture strips are reproductions of vintage samples.

The 'Praxinoscope' was a most popular Victorian optical parlor Toy, invented by Emile Reynaud, animating sets of picture strips by the aid of mirrors. Compared to the mirrorless phenakistiscope, the use of mirrors in the Praxinoscope introduced an optical improvement in visibility of the animated image.

(A more basic device using the same mirror principle is known as 'La Toupie Fantoche' and make use of 4 mirrors only)

More information on 'Vintage Praxinoscopes' can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Praxinoscope page.

This replica Praxinoscope set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 
 
 
A 422y

THE PRAXINOSCOPE scenes Light (12 mirrors)
reference A-422

Large Praxinoscope with light shade showing 12 mirrors, accompanied by 17 picture strips with 12 images each. All picture strips are reproductions of vintage samples.
(two more light shade versions showing another design, A-421 & A-414 are available from the same distributor)

The 'Praxinoscope' was a most popular Victorian optical parlor Toy, invented by Emile Reynaud, animating sets of picture strips by the aid of mirrors. Compared to the mirrorless phenakistiscope, the use of mirrors in the Praxinoscope introduced an optical improvement in visibility of the animated image.

(A more basic device using the same mirror principle is known as 'La Toupie Fantoche' and make use of 4 mirrors only)

More information on 'Vintage Praxinoscopes' can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Praxinoscope page.

This replica Praxinoscope set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.

 
 
 

 
 
 
A 407y
MIRROR ANAMORPHOSIS (Cone & Cylinder)
reference A-407

Anamorphose set in decorative box including a Cone and a Cylinder mirror. Accompanying the set there are 10 images for the cone and 14 images for the cylinder mirror. All images are reproductions of vintage samples and work very well.

Although the cone mirror has a spherical top, the reconstructed image in the mirror is only affected slightly in the center of the image. All images are printed in full color on thick glossy paper and measure 21 by 21 cm.

More information on 'Vintage Anamorphoses' can be found on the Visual Media Anamorphose page.

This replica Anamorphose set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 
 

 
 
 
H 60y
THE VERASCOPE (Holmes type STEREOSCOPE)
reference H-60

Handheld Stereoscope in decorative box including 6 reproductions of stereo photos in black & white. This stereoscope works perfectly well but for some reason the manufacturer includes small size (14cm. x 7cm.) stereo views and lenses that not enlarge the images. Unlike most original stereoscopes with a wooden handle this viewer is hold by a heavy brass handle but still resembles an original apparatus.

All stereo views are nicely printed on strong thick cardboard depicting reproductions of vintage samples, unfortunately not in sepia to resemble an original albumin photo. Obviously the illusion of 3-dimensions works perfectly well.
Previous sets where accompanied with a poor quality stereo camera but the latter will be discontinued in the new sets. (a few sets with camera is still available)

More information on 'Vintage Stereoscopes' can be found on the Visual Media Stereoscope page.

This replica Stereoscope set is made by Hemisferium.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
 
A 406y

MYRIORAMA - Panoramic landscape puzzle. (large size)
reference A-406

Myriorama or Panoramic puzzle with 16 landscape pieces in decorative box.
The word Myriorama derives from the Greek 'Myrias', which means “ten thousands”, and refers to the different combinations of possible landscapes with a relatively small number (16) of cards.

The Myriorama was invented in France in 1802 by Jean-Pierre Brés and developed in England by John H. Clark.
More information on Myriorama's can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Myriorama page. Play with an interactive version of the Myriorama.

This replica Myriorama set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.

 
 

 
 
 
A 415y
MYRIORAMA - Panoramic landscape puzzle. (small size)
reference A-415

Mini Myriorama or Panoramic puzzle with 24 landscape pieces in decorative box.
The word Myriorama derives from the Greek 'Myrias', which means “ten thousands”.
This refers to the different combinations of possible landscapes with a relatively small number of 24 cards. (only 8 shown here!)
This 24 card Myriorama offers 1686553615927922354187744 combinations.

The Myriorama was invented in France in 1802 by Jean-Pierre Brés and developed in England by John H. Clark.
More information on Myriorama's can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Myriorama page.
Use your mouse to Play with an interactive version of the Myriorama

This replica Myriorama set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 
A 415

 
 

 
 
 
A 412y
TELESCOPIC VIEW or Perspective View
reference A-412

Perspective View in decorative box showing a 3-dimensional approximation of the opening ceremony of Crystal Palace by Queen Victoria.
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The Telescopic view is a kind of miniature folding peepshow often made as a souvenir to depict important public events.

More information on Telescopic Views can be found on the academic Bill Douglas Telescopic View page.
Use your mouse to Play with an interactive Telescopic View.

This replica Telescopic View set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
 
A 408y
BREWSTER KALEIDOSCOPE - leather
reference A-408

The Kaleidoscope was invented by the Scottish physicist David Brewster (1781-1868) in 1816. The name is based on the Greek kalos, meaning beautiful.

In 1819 Brewster published "A Treatise on the Kaleidoscope". Most Kaleidoscopes have two mirrors inclined at an angle of sixty degrees to each other and produces five virtual images. Rare Kaleidoscope Magic Lantern accessory lenses were able to project the true kaleidoscopic effect.

More information on Kaleidoscopes can be found on the academic Kenyon Kaleidoscope page.

This replica Kaleidoscope set is made by Antiquus.
All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer.
Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
 

 
 
BREWSTER KALEIDOSCOPE - paper
reference A-409

The Kaleidoscope was invented by the Scottish physicist David Brewster (1781-1868) in 1816. The name is based on the Greek kalos, meaning beautiful. In 1819 Brewster published "A Treatise on the Kaleidoscope". Most Kaleidoscopes have two mirrors inclined at an angle of sixty degrees to each other and produces five virtual images. Rare Kaleidoscope Magic Lantern accessory lenses were able to project the true kaleidoscopic effect.

More information on Kaleidoscopes can be found on the academic Kenyon Kaleidoscope page. This replica Kaleidoscope set is made by Antiquus. All Orders from Europe, United Kingdom and USA can be send to the European distributor Leonard Honey.

Click photo for more information and a video from the manufacturer. Please advise Early Visual Media as your reference source.
 
A 409y
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