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Les Images Vivantes and Le Cinématographe Enfantin
Les Images Vivantes Petites Tableaux Animé
The centre strip shown here (which reads from right to left) shows a naked, devil-tailed gentleman with goatee and moustache eating a succession of small black people. Could this be a version of the subject of the Ogre Fountain in Bern, Switzerland? Or perhaps a variation on the Spanish festival giant "El Traganinos". The French company Heeza once distributed a modern Spanish flip book with that title, based on images from this zoetrope strip.
When I showed an animated version of this at a lecture some years ago, a member of the audience afterwards suggested that the figure represented King Leopold II of Belgium, who was directly or indirectly responsible for exploitation, atrocities, and the deaths of perhaps 10 million native people in the Congo. His beard here seems a bit skimpy compared with most portraits but this was no doubt a good facial likeness c.1870s, and does seem the most likely key to the representation. So this is a very bitter political satirical image. This strip was supplied with a "Les Images Vivantes" zoetrope, but could have originated with another company.
The Cinématographe Enfantin was evidently a name given to this version of the toy post-1895, when the Lumière Cinématographe was introduced. This particular example has a most interesting central label, featuring a clown using a zoetrope as part of a stage performance. This seems unlikely, given problems with adequate lighting alone, and I'm not aware of any such usage - but it's certainly an intriguing image.
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