Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Hypnotic 19th Century GIFs

hero1.jpg
hero2.jpg

Yes it was news to us too: apparently the first 'moving image' device is called a phenakistoscope.

The principles behind it were initially established by the Greek mathematician Euclid and then by Isaac Newton, before Joseph Plateau, a Belgian, invented the device in 1841. It uses a series of images, moved in quick succession to create the illusion of movement. And thus, were the forerunners to GIFs. If Buzzfeed had existed in the 19th Century they'd have been all over them.

The images below use images from discs used in phenakistoscopes housed in the Richard Balzer Collection, who have turned them into GIFs to marvel at.

Check out their Tumblr for more.

(Images: Richard Balzer Collection)

[via Laughing Squid]

Related

INSAUNGA1hero.jpg

Incredible Street Art GIFs

hero-2.jpg

Incredible animal photo portraits

HERO1.jpg

Beautiful Single Frame Time Lapse Images

Comments

More

Everything you need to know about the DUP 'confidence & supply' deal

Is it a coalition of chaos?

by Dave Fawbert
26 Jun 2017

Choose Your Own Adventure: British Politics

What would have happened if every big decision had gone the other way? Find out here

by Dave Fawbert
26 Jun 2017

A staggering number of people broke up with their partners over Brexit

You could say they voted leave on their relationship...

by Dave Fawbert
26 Jun 2017

Jeremy Corbyn had a dig at Theresa May's field of wheat comment

He's *appalled* by the whole thing

by Alex Finnis
26 Jun 2017

Watch Bradley Lowery’s classmates come together to sing for him

We're not crying, you're crying

by Tom Victor
23 Jun 2017

Science finds that couples that spoon have a better relationship

Wonder what this means for duvet hogs...

by Carl Anka
23 Jun 2017

Boys with older dads are more likely to be geeks, study shows

Now you know who to thank/blame

by Dave Fawbert
23 Jun 2017

You can now buy IKEA furniture on Amazon Prime

This is big

by Gary Ogden
23 Jun 2017

David Dimbleby kicked someone off 'Question Time' for being rowdy

Rock 'n' roll politics

by Carl Anka
23 Jun 2017

Jeremy Corbyn overtakes Theresa May for first time in PM poll

Everything's coming up Corbyn

by Alex Finnis
23 Jun 2017