The Davenport Collection
- a growing resource on magic and entertainment history

Mr R.W. Paul

Publicity item for Mr. David Devant’s Animated Photographs and Séance Fantastique. 1896

Publicity item for Mr. David Devant’s Animated Photographs and Séance Fantastique. 1896

This early publicity piece for animated photographs allows us to realise just how novel the entertainment was at the time. It is necessary to make the point that the animated photographs are “reproduced on a canvas screen, with all the actual movements of real life”. We are also told “The apparatus used is the most perfect, complete and portable yet constructed, and is the invention of Mr. R.W. Paul”. See Devant and early cinema for similar items.