Musee Mechanique on NPR this morning
The Musee Mechanique is on NPR’s Morning Edition today, and in honor of the event, they’ve posted a great writeup with a beautiful gallery of photos of Musee machines.
The winding rooms of the museum are lined with odd devices, including some that look like industrial sausage grinders on legs, with a crank on one side and a sort of viewfinder on top. They�re Mutoscopes, made in the late 19th century by the American Biograph and Mutoscope Company. There are music machines, too — player pianos and orchestrions, which combine a number of automated instruments in one box.