Patent of the week- Phantoscope
It must not be an astonishing fact that since time immemorial, people around the globe have always been in search of certain source of entertainment in their lives, irrespective of their living and lifestyle. One of the greatest source of entertainment that was gifted to the world was the display of motion pictures by the use of a new device named as “Phantoscope”.
Charles Francis Jenkins got patent protection for this invention of “Phantoscope” bearing patent number US536569A on 26th March 1895. This invention has become extraordinary due to its features of synchronized sequential display of a series of pictures, giving an impression of real action and movement to the viewers. The specification of this device includes a series of pictures arranged upon a film along with a drum like structure for feeding the film, and other mechanical structures, most importantly includes a lens for picture magnification and an opening thereby which makes it visible.
Unlike other motion pictures of that time, this invention made it possible for the audiences to watch a series of pictures as a true moving picture, by the method of successive illumination. This is truly a remarkable creation in the field of entertainment which marked the beginning of growth in motion picture industry.