12 Moving Image Machines That Make Animated GIFs In Real Life

Before there were GIFs there were motion pictures. And before film on reels, these "movies" were made up of actual printed still images that zipped in front of your eyes in rapid succession with the help of machinery. Our friends at Oobject collected a batch of crazy zoetropes and other machines, both and new, that create moving images. No Photoshop required.

Each machine below has its own video, which should keep you occupied for a while. But when you're done, make sure to check out these trippy video projections on buildings, as well as these wacky magin lanterns.

Emile Reynaud's One Person Praxinoscope Theatre From 1879

Making Of Moray Mclaren's "We Got Time" Video

The World's Largest Zoetrope

Pixar's Amazing 3D Zoetrope

Digital Zoetrope By Troika

Temperley Zoetrope Circus Installation

The Life Size Zoetrope

Peter Hudsons Burning Man Zoetropes

The Cyclotrope — A Bicycle Wheel Animation

Zoetrope Using Laser Etched Crystals

Open Mutoscope From 1912

3D Animation Of Muybridge's Chronophotography Setup

Top image via Scott Blake/ Wikimedia Commons

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