History of flipbooks

Flipbook or Flickbook refers to a series of frames printed and binded together as a book that the user can flick through to see a short film.

Flipook's birth

Early versions of flipbooks can be dated to as far back as the 18th century but it will acquire its current form in the 19th century, during the transition from photography to cinema. The idea is attributed to french man Pierre-Hubert Desvignes in 1860. However, John Barnes Linnett, a printer in Birmingham was the first to file the patent under the name : “The Kineograph a new optical illusion” on 18th March 1868 (British Patent , n°925).   The flipbook then went on to becoming a big success in Europe and in the US often sold as toys or gags, depicting naughty or silly scenes. (Analog strip-tease people !) However, with the upcoming age of cinema, the flipbook silently went from a mass-entertainment to a well-kept-secret medium. Until today ! In our digital age, new media have appeared pushed by bandwidth or simply time limitations. GIFs, Vines, Instagrams ; those new formats have changed the way we consume media and how we capture our lives via our smartphones.    

Flipbook's renewal

Flip7 is on a mission to revive a long forgotten analog invention by taking it into the 21st century and delivering it to the generation creating and consuming short videos today. Put up to 15 seconds of glorious video moments to share your moments with your friends and family, the analog way. Skate tricks, bungee jumping, baby’s first steps, sick dance moves or first wedding dance; your life is full of moments. So make them special by capturing them on a special format.

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