Cardboard, paper, wood
Overall: 2 1/4 x 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. ( 5.7 x 21 x 13.3 cm )
Cardboard box with window cut in top to reveal a series of views that are printed on a long strip of paper housed on two spools and rotated with cranks; views are polychrome representations of important scenes and events in American history; the top of the box around the window is printed to look like a theater; an eight page script and packet of tiny admission tickets accompanying the panorama.
printed: on admission tickets: "HISTORIOSCOPE/ADMIT ONE/[dividing line]/Proprietor"
printed: on script: "Historioscope Lecture/LADIES & GENTLEMEN: Owing to a severe and sudden indisposition,/Prof. Easelpalette is unable to appear before you at this time, and there/fore trust I shall have the indulgence of the audience while I endeavor/to entertain and perhaps instruct you for a few minutes. Our exhibit opens with a group of Native Americans... [script continues for eight pages detailing events in American history from Columbus' voyage to the end of the Revolution]"
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