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Beginning with the camera obscura and camera lucida, this collection includes over 50 examples of rare pre-cinema devices together with the prints and photographs made for their use including a megalethoscope, zograscope, zoetrope, praxinoscope, and more. Examples of transformation prints, panoramas, myriopticons, and other optical toys are also collected.
For an online checklist of optical devices housed in Graphic Arts, see Optical Devices on Display, Department of Special Collections, 2012. A number of the Opitical Devices are on display on C floor.