Small humorous and pseudo-erotic 48 pp. flipbook with drawings of a woman seated atop her husband's back while he lays face down on a bed, beating him with a slipper while he kicks and flails. 3.7 x 7.1 cm. Original paper wrpps., a small tear to front cover where it was formerly stapled (binding still secure), some toning, slight creasing, handling wear, overall very good. N.p. (Vienna?) (Kinetograph in der Westentashe) n.d. (circa 1910).
The kinetograph was the world's first motion-picture camera, developed in 1890 by Thomas Edison with his assistant William Dickson. It utilized stop-and-go film movement. The kinetoscope was an early motion picture device, designed for films to be viewed by one individual at a tiime through a peephole viewfinder. The movies created the illusion of movement by showing the viewer a strip of sequential images over a light source with a high-speed shutter.
Prior to the invention of the kinetoscope and the kinetograph, in 1877 and 1878 Robert Muybridge pioneered stop-motion photographs of animals and humans in motion. All of these put together preceeded the invention of humorous flipbooks such as this one.
Instructions for use of the small flipbook are printed on the back cover: "Man nehme den Kinetographen an dem unteren Ende in die linke Hand und lasse den Fächer zwischen Daumen und Zeigefiner der rechten Hand recht schnell hindurchgleiten." As of May 2021, we could not find any listings on OCLC for this flipbook.
Book ID: 51342