“an infinite variety of beautiful forms”

Ancient Greeks probably invented kaleidoscopes, viagra buy but Scottish prodigy David Brewster (1781-1868) reinvented the toy in the 18th century, view making his first kaleidoscope at 10 years old. He wasn’t as clever a businessman as he was a scientist, however, and once he patented the concept in 1817—calling the kaleidoscope “an instrument for creating and exhibiting an infinite variety of beautiful forms”—flaws in the paperwork allowed any and all to copy his idea. And they did.

Like the thaumatrope, which is included in Encyclopedia of the Exquisite, kaleidoscopes became a Victorian sensation as a universal mania set in. Brewster named the toy by combining three Greek words: kalos (beauty), eodos (shape) and scopeo (to look at).

Email me and I will send you a circa 1944 pdf of kaleidoscope making instructions.

Components of the kaleidoscope.