Zoetrope strips and Discs

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H. G. Clarke

Toy theatre sheet by Clarke, featuring their shop
(Peter Baldwin)


The cardboard version of Clarke's zoetrope (Lester Smith)

Clarke zoetrope set cover, and list of subjects (Lester Smith)

Selection [detail]

Time Flies

Leap Frog

Humming Bird

Spinning Top

Jack in the Box

Discs designed to be placed on the floor of the drum

The motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Middle French: "shame upon him who thinks evil upon it") is most often associated with The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded in 1348; the highest order of chivalry existing in England. The motto has been adopted by various institutions; the reason for its use here - with the Rose of England, the Thistle of Scotland, and the Shamrock of Ireland - is unclear.

(All strips and discs: Martin Gilbert)


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These images are kindly provided by Martin Gilbert, Peter Baldwin, and Lester Smith