Hello! I am a fiddler, guitarist, stepdancer and crankie artist living in Seattle, Washington. 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. 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 now by artists in the US and beyond).
new crankies: click on the WATCH A CRANKIE page. In that section you will find crankies made by me and many other artists from the
US and Europe.
To watch moving panoramas
that were made in the 19th Century, click on the HISTORY section. There are videos of large
and small 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, above all, I encourage you to make a crankie.
Sept. 3rd, 2012
Find The Crankie Factory on Facebook, You Tube and you can follow me on Twitter at SueTruman1