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Optical Toy, Phenakistiscope Disc with Geometric Shapes, ca. 1840

This is a Optical toy. It was designed by Josef Bermann. It is dated ca. 1840 and we acquired it in 1948. Its medium is hand-colored lithograph on paperboard. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. John Innes Kane.

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 25 × 25 cm (9 13/16 × 9 13/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in black text, surrounding central perforation: Josef Bermann Kunsthandler in Wien Graben 619

Cite this object as

Optical Toy, Phenakistiscope Disc with Geometric Shapes, ca. 1840; Designed by Josef Bermann (Austrian, 1810 - 1866); hand-colored lithograph on paperboard; H x diam.: 25 × 25 cm (9 13/16 × 9 13/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. John Innes Kane; 1948-124-4

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