Thaumatrope- 11 Mechanical Man, pipes, champagne flutes, candlestick, smoke (RecMid-19th century
2 9/16 in. (diameter) (6.5 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
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- figures - Representations of humans, animals, or mythical beasts, in any medium.
- flutes - Generally refers to any musical wind instrument consisting of a hollow cylinder or pipe of wood, metal, or another material, with holes along its length that are stopped by the fingers or by keys that are opened by the fingers. Although most flutes are tubular, some are globular (as with a gourd flute). A flute is sounded by a stream of air from the player's lips striking against the sharp edge of an opening, breaking the air up and vibrating within the enclosed space. The air may be blown in from an end or from the side, depending upon the type of flute. Many, but not all, modern flutes are equipped with the Boehm system of keywork.
- pipes - Devices consisting of a tube with a bowl at one end and a mouthpiece at the other; used for smoking tobacco, opium, and other substances.
- thaumatropes - Optical toys consisting of disks with different images on each side which, when the disks are spun rapidly, tend to merge together as the strings on which the disks are mounted are pulled by the fingers; developed in the 1820s.
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