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