World’s oldest animation
You are looking at a GIF of a phenakistiscope, a 19th-century revolving paper disk imprinted with a series of drawings, which was spun so as to produce a moving image. The device was invented around 1840 by Joseph Plateau and it is the world’s oldest animation. The disk above is one of the oldest to survive and it shows the remarkable resemblance to our modern GIF: they both create motion where there is none. It is simply mesmerizing.
Note: as one follower noted, there are older animation-like devices. Greek vases from Antiquity hold sequential images; when spun, they show a running person. Read more about this “precursor to animation” here. The vase would make for a great GIF, if the museum lets you!
Powderhorn of Samuel Dudley at the Museum of the American Revolution.
This powder horn was engraved by a New England soldier serving in Warwick, Rhode Island, in December 1777. The engraved decoration, including a whimsical unicorn, a pair of moose and two sword wielding figures with the motto “Try It Out”, is attributed to Jacob Guay (or Gay), a prolific powder horn engraver whose surviving works span the dates 1758-1787.
The first tornado caught on film
Do you or Dylan know if the owners have started doing any interior work here yet?
moreteaforme tells me that its been going on for over a year but its going slow
Fresco segment at the Visoki Decani Monastery in Serbian Kosovo, artist unknown, 14th C.
Vranov nad Dyjí Castle / Zámek Vranov nad Dyjí - architects Johann Bernhard Fischer of Erlach and Anton Erhard Martinelli, Vranov nad Dyjí, Czech Republic(via Castle Vranov nad Dyjí | Flickr - Photo Sharing!)
Peter Behrens, cover for Dokumente des Modernen Kunstgewerbes, 1901. Sans Serie and geometric, already Art Deco.
Slavic Santa is best Santa
To add: this is a Russian nestling doll father christmas we found, complete with a bottle of cognac inside.
Bonaventure Cemetery -Savannah, GA