Z Is For… Zoetropes!

ZIn researching for this post, I wandered through my Family Creative Workshop, which is a 24-volume set of craft books done around the late seventies/early eighties.  I wish there was a website or community who liked these books, because they have so many neat crafts in them.

Of course, after I got my topic, I remembered “zig zag lace,” but by then I was fascinated by zoetropes and it was too late.  A zoetrope is an early form of animation, a way to make moving pictures.  If you’ve seen Johnny Depp in Sleepy Hollow, he has a lovely little zoetrope on a string that, when twirled, shows a bird in a cage and then free from it.

According to Random Motion, they were invented in 1834 but didn’t come to the States until 1867 – after the American Civil War.  They were named zoetrope by the French inventor Pierre Desvignes.  The thing I find fascinating about science from this time is how citizen-science it is – anyone can make a zoetrope.  In present day, we’re returning to that democratization with software and open-source movements; people can now make animations and movies with relatively inexpensive equipment.  It’s interesting how we’ve come nearly full-circle.

What about you, Dear Reader?
What earlier forms of technology catch your attention?

3 Replies to “Z Is For… Zoetropes!”

  1. I adore Sleepy Hollow. As for your question, which is a good one, I’m not certain how to answer. Early medicine fascinates me, as does astronomy. Hmmm… I guess medicine would be my final answer. Congratulations on completing the challenge more than once! You’re an inspiration, as I so often say. As for me, though you already know this from the comment I left at https://acatherinenoon.com/, my final post for the challenge at http://darlamsands.blogspot.com is about zinnias. I am number 1157 on the list now, and I delighted in sharing blogging duty on http://writersretreatblog.blogspot.com/ as well!

  2. Thank you so much for participating in the A to Z Challenge! You rock! Congrats on getting to the letter Z! Reminder: there will be an A to Z Reflections round on May 4th. There will be a Linky for it on the main blog, so please look for it there! Please post your reflections on the challenge, visit others, and catch up on the blogs you didn’t have time to read!

    Team Macha, Helping Co-Host Czenge
    Maui Jungalow

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