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Phenakistoscopes (1833)

A popular Victorian parlour toy, generally marketed for children, which is widely considered to be among the earliest forms of animation and the precursor to modern…more

Guess Me (1879)

Illustrated by George Cruikshank among others, a collection of word, number, and picture puzzles in the form of enigmas, conundrums, acrostics, and a series of incr…more

The Steps of Life

Selection of images illustrating on the idea that one’s life can be thought of as divisible into distinct stages….more

Harry Kellar’s Show Posters

A series of wonderful promotional posters to accompany the shows of Harry Kellar, an American magician of the late 19th and early 20th century….more

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