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" I have given this instrument the name of a doedaleum, as imitating the practice which the celebrated artist of antiquity was fabled to have invented, of creating figures of men and animals endued with motion." W.C. Horner, Inventor, Mathematician and fairground operator of Bristol , England, 1834 for the The Philosophical Magazine. This delightful toy was originally printed in the Boston Herald. It is a paper version of the popular Zoetrope that was all the rage for curious children. The Lincoln boys, Willie and Tad, had an elaborate wood and brass Zoetrope while they lived in the White House. Our kit comes with everything you need to complete this 19th-century optical toy consisting of a cylinder with a series of pictures on the inner surface that, when viewed through slits with the cylinder rotating, give an impression of continuous motion. All you need are scissors and some glue!

Paper Zoetrope kit

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