Amusement arcade mutoscope, c 1910.

UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 11: Mutoscopes, commonly known as �What The Butler Saw� machines, were very popular amusements on piers in the early part of this century, and were one of the earliest ways of seeing �motion pictures�. The Mutoscope presented the viewer with a sequence of images mounted like flip cards on a rotating drum, each image being slightly different from the preceding image. The user turned a handle and looked through an eyepiece. As the images passed before the eye in rapid succession, the illusion of movement was achieved. At the cost of a penny the viewer could watch a short sequence unfold. Although basically innocent in content, these sequences frequently showed scantily clad women, which meant that Mutoscope operators often came into conflict with the authorities. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 11: Mutoscopes, commonly known as �What The Butler Saw� machines, were very popular amusements on piers in the early part of this century, and were one of the earliest ways of seeing �motion pictures�. The Mutoscope presented the viewer with a sequence of images mounted like flip cards on a rotating drum, each image being slightly different from the preceding image. The user turned a handle and looked through an eyepiece. As the images passed before the eye in rapid succession, the illusion of movement was achieved. At the cost of a penny the viewer could watch a short sequence unfold. Although basically innocent in content, these sequences frequently showed scantily clad women, which meant that Mutoscope operators often came into conflict with the authorities. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
Amusement arcade mutoscope, c 1910.
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