The Myriopticon

Not long after the end of the Civil War, game manufacturer Milton Bradley issued the Myriopticon, this miniature toy panorama that unrolled the history of the rebellion in 22 colorful pictures copied from illustrations that had appeared in Harper’s Weekly. The instruction booklet recommended staging the show in a darkened room with a candle to provide dramatic backlighting for the scenes as they glided by. The Myriopticon packaged war as parlor entertainment and illustrated the ways in which the far-off conflict infiltrated daily life.

The Myriopticon: A Historical Panorama; The Rebellion

The Myriopticon: A Historical Panorama; The Rebellion
Springfield, MA: Milton Bradley & Co., [not after 1890]
Newberry Case oversize E468.7 .M96 1890