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The Mutoscope

Series of continuous photographs were printed, one image at a time, on light cardboard cards. The cards were then arranged on a horizontal axis so that they flipped over rapidly, simulating continuous movement, as the customer turned a crank. Although the short life span of the peephole viewer was coming rapidly to a close, the mutoscope enjoyed an advantage over Edisonís kinetoscope because it was both cheaper to build and easier to operate.

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