zoetropeThe Zoetrope

The zoetrope (ZOH-uh-trohp), created by English mathematician William George Horner, is an animation toy that became popular in the 19th century when people began to explore new ways to make images move. Horner’s zoetrope looks like a drum with an open top. Around the drum are hand-drawn sequences of images. As the drum spins, the images give the illusion of movement through the slots on the paper. This toy was the basis for today’s video and animation technology.

Other Toys that can be found in the museum: Porcelain dolls, doll clothing, tops, old board games, Game of Authors, clay marbles, dice, dice holders, and cribbage.

Other Early American Toys