The Picture Peep Show

February 5th Celebrates The Picture Peep Show

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 5th 1861, Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine.

A peep show or peepshow is an exhibition of pictures, objects or people viewed through a small hole or magnifying glass.

Though historically a peep show was a form of entertainment provided by wandering showmen, nowadays it more commonly refers to a presentation of a sex show or pornographic film which is viewed through a viewing slot.

It first started in the 15th century in Europe by fellow named Leon Battista Alberti, during the 19th-century Chinese peep shows were known by many names including la yang p’ien (“pulling foreign picture cards”).

Sometimes the showman would perform for a crowd with puppets or pictures outside the box and then charge people extra to look through the holes.

For live peep shows, booths can surround a stage upon which usually a female performer performs a striptease and sexually-explicit poses. In Barcelona female performers at times also perform sexual intercourse with male performers on stage.

Like the old saying goes, Sex does sell…

Samuel Goodale’s inventions of the moving picture machine changed all of that. Using technology already available, Goodale took several pictures ran in sequence in front of a light or candle and created the illusion of a moving image, a precursor to the modern film industry.

All the hot and bothered customer needed to do was pay the nickel, look through a magnifying glass and turn the crank, on the machine, unless it was electric powered.

I on the other hand prefer to keep my nickels where they belong, in my pocket away from the sex trade.

Goodale’s peepshow machine traveled throughout the world and America. It can be credited for introducing many a lonely farm boy to the erotic arts during fairs and freak shows that ran through the nation’s towns.

I couldn’t find out when Samuel Goodale had died, or how he died?

One might think his kinky sex trade invention made him very rich, but could caused him have a mild heart attack as he indulged in his erotic fantasies.

Whatever the case maybe, we celebrate how on February 5th 1861, Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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