Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Wonder Movies

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on May 26, 2009

A curious production from the early 1920s intended to mimic motion in a book for young readers. Each “movie” is viewed by turning back successive panels on a scored page to reveal new scenes. While a bit awkward to manipulate, the idea works well enough to entertain and delight.

Wonder movies by Victor M Earle; Illustrated by Benjamin Seielstad
(Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, Page, 1923).

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  1. Julia said, on May 28, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    At my family home we have this book and I remember as a child looking at it with my parents. I was never allowed to look at it by myself since it was a first edition and was falling apart so that made it all the more special.

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