The Parlor Kinetoscope

August 28, 2013 — 4 Comments

Our latest acquisition, the parlor Kinetoscope, a very rare and important optical toy invented by Thomas Edison and patented on the 24th August 1897 . The number of surviving examples of this toy version of Edison invention can be counted on the fingers of one hand so we are very fortunate to be able to display one in our museum. Our example comes with 5 films which is also exceptional, unlike the Kinetoscopes displayed in public halls this home version works with films printed on paper rather than celluloid.






You can discover a film introducing the Dubai Moving Image Museum by clicking on The Film under recent posts or by scrolling down this page

4 responses to The Parlor Kinetoscope


    I have discovered a such a device with etched glass and wood door. Etched into the glass is a border design motif and the words. Parlor Kinetoscope
    American Parlor Kinetoscope Co
    Patented August 24th 1897
    I have seen several pictures of this device but never with the etched glass cover with round hole for hand crank.


    Do you know of a source where I can purchase at least one belt of images for the parlor kinetoscope for our exhibit?

    Roger Benischek December 6, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    No longer a need for belt search. Amazingly, while going through unopened boxes in our collection from the Robert Fleshman estate, New Orleans we found 14 paper belts all in excellent condition. The device is very primitive. We are contemplating making it operational. The belt transport design is all wood, spindles, bent
    heavy wire. Lots of friction and direct contact with paper belt which will promptly destroy it. But, will probably make a duplicate of one of our belts on vinyl and give it a try.

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