The Imperial War Museum’s archive is home to more than 20,000 hours of moving image material spanning the twentieth century in Britain. The clips range from documentary film and official newsreels, to unedited combat footage, and amateur shots. In the museum’s early days the films could only be viewed through Mutoscope machines from the late nineteenth century that functioned much like a flipbook, giving life to a series of motionless images. The Mutoscope did not project images on a screen, rather the machine was used by one person at a time. To re-create the experience of watching these historical film reals ,the”Tanks”flipbook shows the up-close action of the 1917 Mark IV tank. The bulletproof steel vehicle rolls along on its massive treads, plowing through everything in its path. This was the most-used tank on the British side during World War I, and a total of 1,200 were built nationwide. Replicating the action of old-time film strips, this flipbook is delight, transporting those who flip the pages to Britain s wartime past.”
TANKS The Wonder Weapon Flip Book
Come face to face with a Mark IV tank in this 1917 scene reproduced from the Imperial War Museum s Film Archive. The Museum s Film and Video Archive holds some 20,000 hours of moving image material. Originally, public access to film clips was provided in the museum galleries on Mutoscope machines, which operated on exactly the same principle as this flip book. A flip book is a book with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion.