Eiffel Tower Flipbook

Optical Toys

  • $6.95

We weren't around to see the construction of the amazing Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, but we can relive the magic through photographs taken and assembled into the motion of this incredible flipbook!

Remember the classic forms of entertainment? No charging required! Bring a smile to anyone's face by flipping quickly through the pages of this collection of historical photos. 


The art of flipbooks began around 1868 when John Barnes Linnett patented the concept and called his invention a kineograph. Later on, the history of animation was changed forever when Eadweard Muybridge, a landscape photographer, rigged a camera to enable it to take similar photos in rapid succession. Flipbooks became a best-selling toy of the late 19th and early 20th centuries - and we can still enjoy their fun today!


Flipbooks and other forms of two dimensional animation work on a physiological principle called "persistence of vision." This phenomenon is a result of the retention of an image in your eyes and brain for 1/30 of a second- enough time to blend rapidly successive images together into one smooth movement. This gives the illusion of real motion! It is the same principle behind modern day animation and digital video. 


The Eiffel tower was built over a period of about 29 months from January 1887 to March 1889. It was constructed from 18,000 pieces prepared in a factory outside of Paris. The architectural details and distinct shape have made this tower an icon recognized world-wide. 

Each page of the flipbook is an actual photograph taken during those two years, making them over 125 years old! Share the structural marvel with anyone interested in history, Paris, architecture or plain old fun!

This bite-sized book will fit beautifully on any coffee table or bookshelf, and works as a fun conversation starter about European history.

Photographs copyright of Phototheque des Musaes se la Ville de Paris/ Phillipe Ladet

If you like this Eiffel Tower Flipbook, check out our other cool flipbooks:

Building the Empire State: A Flipbook

Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze

Book size 4.25" x 6" x 0.25"