Sue Truman in the cabin. Original photo by Doug Plummer. Then digitized!
Welcome! I am a fiddler, guitarist, stepdancer and crankie artist living in Seattle. A crankie is an old storytelling art form. It's a long illustrated scroll that is wound onto two spools. The spools are
loaded into a box which has a viewing screen. The scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told. It can be accompanied by a narrative, song or tune. If you haven't seen one before, then a picture (or video) is worth a thousand words. You will find hours of
viewing on this site.
The term crankie is being used now to name this very old art form. In the 19th Century, they were called moving panoramas (among many other names). This scrolling, picture
art form is experiencing a bit of a comeback and I am very excited to be a part of it. This website attempts to connect the old (moving panoramas of the 19th Century) with the new (crankies being made today by artists in the US and beyond).
To watch new crankies: click on the WATCH A CRANKIE page. In that section you will find crankies made by artists from the US and abroad. To
watch moving panoramas that were made in the 19th Century, click on the HISTORY section. There are videos of
LARGE and SMALL moving panoramas that have been filmed by museums, historical societies and private collectors. Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to those individuals
working to restore and preserve this forgotten piece of our history.
I hope you enjoy exploring this site, AND I encourage you to MAKE
Created Sept. 3rd, 2012. Find
The Crankie Factory on FACEBOOK and You Tube. I am posting a lot
on Instagram under the clever name of SueTruman1015.