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In 1829, a Belgian physicist devised a form of animation that is akin to our modern-day gifs: a spinning disk patterned with small repeating illustrations, attached to a handle that allowed it to spin and “animate” the imagery. Due to the rapid progression of technology, phenakistoscopes’ popularity lasted only a couple of years, yet they yielded wondrously beautiful moments in time and perhaps, a glimpse of the future. Check out these big ones, that somehow set a fine tone for a weekend…

 

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