One Milk Drop - A Flipbook

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Imagine the drop of milk that drips from your cookie after a good dunk. Get up close and personal with this nifty classic toy- the flipbook!


Nowadays we take animation for granted- but back in 1868 John Barnes Linnett was able to patent the first flipbook-style of moving pictures with his contraption called a kineograph. A little later, Eadweard Muybridge, a popular landscape photographer, was able to rig his cameras to take many similar photos in rapid succession. This allowed for progression of animation from drawings to film! Flipbooks then became all the rage and a favorite toy.  They were most popular from the late 19th century into the early 20th century.


If you're wondering how a series of still images becomes an animated moving picture- the answer is actually pretty simple! Our eyes and brains create a phenomenon called persistence of vision. This means that we retain an image in our eyes and brains for roughly 1/30 of a second after seeing it. So, if we see another image within that time, we blend the two together into one smooth illusion of movement. This same principle is how modern videos and animation work.


This famous serious of images of a drop of milk were originally created by a man named Harold "Doc" Edgerton. He was a famous photographer, engineer and professor at MIT. Edgerton was on the front lines of photographic and film engineering and worked hard as a teacher at MIT until his death in 1987. In his lifetime, he created countless iconic photos, including these from a drop of milk in 1936. His other famous works include images of bursting balloons and bullets penetrating apples. 

You can still enjoy this classic work of engineering and art by turning the pages of this pocket-sized book! Watching the motion is mesmerizing for eyes of all ages and a great way to share fun with family, friends and neighbors.

If you like One Milk Drop, you should see all our flip books:

Empire State Building

Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze

Book Size 5"x2"x0.75"