Buy a Handmade GIF Machine Celebrating the Dawn of Film
What better way to celebrate your appreciation for both historic images and 21st century Internet mores than with a finely crafted, luxury aluminum-and-wood GIF machine? The not-for-profit online journal Public Domain Review has teamed up with Officina K, an Italian company that makes hand-crank animations called Giphoscopes, to make a handful of great scenes from the dawn of film available as handmade analog GIF players.
These modified flipbooks are drawn from images created for films in the late 19th and early 20th century, including famous early works like A Trip Down Market Street and The Great Train Robbery. Some of the one-of-a-kind pieces have already been snagged, including, sadly, the awesome 1887 blacksmith man-butts drawn from Eadward Maybridge’s Animal Locomotion: an Electro-photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements. Alas. You can still get yourself a GIF from a 1900 Edison-made film of a couple kissing.
These whimsical treasures don’t come cheap, of course. Each one is roughly $280 (€249). More information here.
[h/t: Public Domain Review]