Kaleidoscopes: The Cell Phones of Victorian England?

“It’s hard to imagine now, but in the years after the kaleidoscope was first invented in 1816, it distracted the public as much as an iPhone. A person couldn’t walk down a street in London without seeing people staring into these tubes and walking into walls from being so immersed in the new invention.”

Read all about it here:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-forgotten-kaleidoscope-craze-in-victorian-england

A German print from 1818, titled "Human Nonsense."

An illustration from 1818, titled “Human Nonsense.” (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons)

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