Ancient Gifs

Animating static images the old-fashioned way.

Before there were pages uponĀ pages dedicated to cat gifs, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau created a toy called the Phenakistoscope that did the trick of animating static images. Using old-fashioned items such as a disc and handle, users could view drawings that appeared to move by using a mirror to peer through the disc’s slits. Wonder if any of those drawings went viral…

Want to make your own? Here’s how in 14 easy steps.

via Colossal