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Zoetrope Strips


London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company

Series No.2


13. THE CURE

This subject seems to have originated with Milton and Bradley, with a very similar image but with the character the right way up, and a hand seen operating the traditional "jumping jack" toy, or quockerwodger (it's on this page); a wooden toy figure which jerks its limbs about when pulled by a string, which also has a political meaning. 'A pseudo-politician, one whose strings of action are pulled by somebody else, is now often termed a quockerwodger.' [1] But perhaps that would be reading too much into this simple image. As Freud once said, 'Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar'.[2] The London Stereoscopic and Photographic Co. have removed the hand and inverted the character, giving the strip the new title of The Cure. Possibly a reference to some quack cure of the day involving standing upside down (?) but so far, the reference is elusive.


14. LEAP FROG


15. STEEPLE CHASE


16. SUCH A GETTING UP OF STAIRS (moderate motion)


Creative Commons. http://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/pageturner.cfm?id=94612544

"Sich a Getting Up Stairs" (and various variant spellings) is an American song that dates to the early 1830s. It was in the repertoire of Thomas D. Rice and other early blackface performers. Wikipedia


17. WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT THE DOOR (moderate motion)


18. HEADWORK

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19. THERE'S LIFE IN THE OLD 'DONK' YET

Although the saying "There's life in the old donk (donkey / mule) yet" isn't unknown, it is found rarely, suggesting a mishearing of the very common "There's life in the old dog yet."


20. WARM WORK FOR BLACKEY


21. JACK IN THE BOX


22. RED AND BLACK WALTZ (to be confirmed)


23. THE COFFEE GRINDER


24. THE RED LEGGED OGRE AND HIS DANCING POODLE

London Daily News, 12 February 1868. 'The Second Set of NEW FIGURES is just out ... Entirely new and complex motions ... "Warm Work for Blackie," and "The Red-legged Ogre and his Poodle," show extraordinary reverse motions at the same moment. "There is some hidden principle which we cannot pretend to master."- Pall Mall Gazette.'

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NOTES

1. Thieves' Jargon. 1865. Harper's New Monthly Magazine, CLXXIX, Vol.XXX, April 1865, p.605.

2. Or was it Groucho Marx?