Vintage Marx Brothers Flip-O-Visions
Drew Friedman hat eine tolle Galerie mit alten Daumenkinos. Leuter sind nicht alle Bilder HighRes, aber die der Marx Brothers sind’s und das reicht mir.
Flip•O•Vision produced back in 1949 by the TOPPS company, was a set of 60 flip books that each made a mini movie. Inside each elongated 5¢ pack contained a booklet with 30 perforated pages folded like an accordion and a stick of bubblegum. The pages had to be separated and then bound together with a rubber band to be used as a “flip movie”. The subjects featured in the “mini productions” consisted of various performers, famous and obscure comedians, singers, movie actors, radio actors, etc, all performing their various mute schtick for TOPPS cameras.
“Flip•O•Vision” was most likely the brainchild of the legendary Woody Gelman, head of product development at TOPPS, in an attempt to cash in on the newfangled invention called television (a TV set is even featured on the wrapper). Unfortunately for TOPPS, television sort of caught on, Flip•O•Vision, which might have seemed like a good idea at the time, did not. They’ve since become highly sought out by collectors of vintage bubblegum cards and film memorabilia.