I just checked and the links were still good. Really the only thing I have to add is that you can actually create your own Thaumatropes. All you have to do is come up with an image that can easily be divided into two and draw one half on each side of a stiff paper or cardboard disc.
A few years ago at one -room school conference I was asked if I knew if anyone was making reproduction Thaumatropes. At that time I was unaware of any, but now I have found a source, so I’m sharing it.
Although its producer, Historical Folk Toys, only sells directly in wholesale amounts, they have a series of old-fashioned games and toys. From their homepage you can find toys divided by time period.
The Thaumatrope works on the same general principle as the buzz saw game people typically make with buttons, but with an added twist. The game uses the persistence of vision. On one side of the disk is half of an image, for example for the one pictured on the left, one side shows an empty cage. The other half is on the other side, in this example a parrot. When spun like a buzz saw the…
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