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What was this device called?

by TONI H / March 10, 2008 8:09 AM PDT

It looks like a ferris wheel but you would put pictures into the 'seats' put the cover over the wheel, then externally crank a handle like a monkey organ grinder, and look inside the box....the pictures would create a 'moving' picture?

I remember my older sister having one when I was small and I'm trying to locate one if possible, but can't recall the name of the device to begin my search.


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(NT) Kinora viewer ???
by Tonytryke / March 10, 2008 8:44 AM PDT
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(NT) Nicklelodian?
by James Denison / March 10, 2008 8:59 AM PDT
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I think that was a juke box
by Steven Haninger / March 10, 2008 9:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Nicklelodian?

There was a song by Theresa Brewer called "Music, Music Music" that said something like

"Put another nickle in, in the nickelodeon
all I want is lovin' you and music, music, music."

Pretty erotic, eh? Happy

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Oops! messed up a bit on the lyrics but
by Steven Haninger / March 10, 2008 9:44 AM PDT
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I felt like Lawrence Welk, lol.
by James Denison / March 10, 2008 10:58 AM PDT

That was going back a few years. Probably was a song box. I thought there was a kinetoscope that was just pictures, but when I ran a search it came up with film instead.

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(NT) moving picture box?
by James Denison / March 10, 2008 9:06 AM PDT
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Were there some for ...
by Angeline Booher / March 10, 2008 9:08 AM PDT

The Flintstones? But somehow I keep thinking it was long before them.

Now I'll be awake nights! Happy

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by James Denison / March 10, 2008 9:10 AM PDT
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You guys are great
by TONI H / March 10, 2008 9:21 AM PDT

SE came through for me again.....now I have lots of different names to search for. The one I recognized was Kinora....kept thinking it began with KIN but that was as far as I could get on my own.

Appreciate the help..........


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Well, Edison had a kinetoscope
by Edward ODaniel / March 10, 2008 11:27 AM PDT

and the Lumieres from France took that to a new level with their hand crank device that projected the pictures onto a wall - the cinematograph. Those both used strips of film rather than individual pictures though.

I doubt that it was a mutoscope because while they functioned like you describe they were BIG and usually coin operated. I think they were 8mm film rather than picture oriented too.

I think that what you are actually looking for is a bioscope or a moving picture extension of the old stereoscope (but again these were usually quite large).

might be a tachyscope too.

You might want to follow this link and see if they have an idea.
"click any year to find the toys of your childhood"

Wasn't a Fisher Price "Movie Viewer" was it?

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(NT) Zoetrope. Zoe is Greek for "life".
by drpruner / March 10, 2008 2:10 PM PDT
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(NT) P.S. It's Francis Ford Coppola's studio's name.
by drpruner / March 10, 2008 2:17 PM PDT
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In fact, here's your "ferris wheel"
by drpruner / March 10, 2008 6:14 PM PDT
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by Willy / March 11, 2008 12:42 AM PDT

It was called the "nickelodeon" and understand back then a nickel was big money. When so-called traveling movie theaters got part of a carnival or on their own, they were a hit. These were marvels of the time. -----Willy Happy

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