VERY RARE! Magic Moving Picture Post Card, ca. 1907. It works!
The "display device" Patented in 1906 by Alexander S. Spiegel was an optical illusion created by a transparent film with vertical lines placed over an image, then when slightly moved creates the illusion of movement. Shortly after the invention was patent ... Read More
Item DescriptionThe "display device" Patented in 1906 by Alexander S. Spiegel was an optical illusion created by a transparent film with vertical lines placed over an image, then when slightly moved creates the illusion of movement. Shortly after the invention was patented, it was used for the production of a series of postcards entitled "Magic moving pictures." The postcards worked by slowing pulling or pushing the moving, layered plastic slide from the side of the postcard. In the coming years, Alexander Spiegel and many others offer a variety of different changes, improvements, and variations of devices based on the same principles. Also known as a Flicker Flasher Postcard the baseball theme salesman's sample pictured above uses a "Bend To And Fro" method to slowly change the perspective of the image.This Magic Motion postcard "Mfrd. under A. S. Spiegel's Patents, Series B" was used as a salesman's sample to sell advertising "for the Sioto Sign Co., Kenton, O" The front features a window to display the moving picture and is surrounded by "Space for Advertisement" To the right, is the "to and fro" tab that puts the image in motion. The back is a standard "Post Card" with a "Place Stamp Here" box, address lines on the right, and to the left "This Space May Be Used For Correspondence"Located in North-Central Ohio the Scioto Sign Company, was founded in 1897. The company started out manufacturing advertising specialties such as paper and cardboard signs, muslin banners, aprons and novelties such as this postcard. The company is still doing business today.Please use the Hip Photo Magnifier (the zoom feature) to examine all images for condition and details before purchasing. Postcards, Folders, Ephemera are all sold with sleeves. Message us if you have specific questions about an item.
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