Changing the Moving Panorama Spools @ Pilgrim's Progress performance, Aug. 8th, 2015 in Saco, Maine
I FLEW 3,000 MILES TO SEE THE MOVING PANORAMA OF PILGRIM'S PROGRESS AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! SACO, MAINE IS REALLY THE ONLY PLACE IN THE WORLD YOU CAN SEE A REPLICA OF A 19TH CENTURY MOVING PANORAMA THIS SIZE. MANY THANKS TO PETER MORELLI AND JESSICA SKWIRE ROUTHIER FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN, THEY ARE AMAZING!! HERE I AM BACKSTAGE NEXT TO A 200 POUND "CRANKIE" SPOOL.
What's a Crankie?
Hello! I am a fiddler, guitarist, stepdancer and crankie artist living in Seattle, Washington. What exactly is a crankie? It's a panoramic scene,
rolled up inside a box, then hand-cranked so that it scrolls across a viewing screen. 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 mid 19th Century, they were called moving panoramas (among other
things). 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).
To watch 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 "Moving Panorama" 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 looking around
this site, AND, above all, I encourage you to make a crankie.
Created Sept. 3rd, 2012
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"Cranking Out Some History" Sam Bartlett, Artist in Residency, worked with elementary and middle school student
to creat a cranky about a local, historic building, The Holland Theater in Bellefontaire, Ohio. Read about it here.
See more crankies made by children on The Crankie Factory's "Made by Children" page. And check out Sam's website stuntology.com
GEORAMA! Jan. 20th-Feb. 7th, 2016 in St. Louis, MO. A world-premiere musical. In the mid 1800s, John Banvard created the
first georama, a three-mile long scrolled painting celebrating the majesty of the Mighty Mississippi. Once a starving sketch artist, his creation catapulted him to a life of luxury and notoriety, but also brought competition and deception that threatened to
push his passion to the wayside.
The crew are painting a 500 foot long moving panorama for the show, and it will move!! Can't wait to see this. Stay tuned for details.
Book by West Hyler and Matt Schatz. Music and lyrics by Matt Schatz. Additional music and lyrics by Jack Herrick, Directed by West Hyler
Pamela Wyn Shannon is a gifted singer, guitarist and artist from Wales. Read about her crankies here. Watch one of her crankies "Caravan Crankie Lullaby" here. Enjoy!
An Exhibitor's Diary - 1855 A most remarkable document. This is the diary of a moving panorama showman who exhibited the Moving
Panorama of California in New Hampshire and Maine from September to November 1855. The moving panorama was transported by a horse drawn wagon. This document comes from the collection of The Maine Historical Society via the Saco Museum and
Peter Morelli. Heartfelt thanks to all for making this available.
In Memoriam: Ralph Hyde 1939-2015 - He was one of the world's formost authorities on moving panoramas
as well as stationary panoramas, maps, peep shows and other art forms of the past. The picture to the right shows Ralph in 1984 in London. This obituary was written by Erkki Huhtamo, a long time friend and colleague, who expressed the loss
perfectly when he said "There is no one to take his place; personalities like Ralph simple do not appear any longer."
Katherine Fahey - I am working on several new crankie artist pages this summer. The first one is award-winning Baltimore
artist Katherine Fahey. She has been a huge inspiration to me and other crankies artists around the world. See her page here and check out her website katherinefahey.com.
Make a Crankie! This section is for those of you setting out to make your first crankie. It's a compilation of pictures
and tips from various artists. It's still a work in progress but there is a lot of information there to get you started.
ON-LINE CRANKIE FEST - This new crankie was created and performed by Sweet Sunny South, a storytellling group from Georgia comprised of Debbie Westen From, Hannah Sage (Debbie's teenage daughter)
and Tracy Walker. Check out Debbie's website www.debbiefrom.com
The Trans-Siberian Express at the Paris Universal Exposition of 1900 - A fabulous article written by Arjan den Boer,
published Nov. 2014, retours.eu. In 1900, at the Paris Universal Exposition, there were not one, but two moving panoramas of the Trans-Siberian Express. One of the moving panoramas painted by Pavel Piasetsky survives to this day and is housed at the Hermitage
Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The picture is Pavel Piasetsky with his moving panorama. This is the most panoramic box ever!
Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley - From the St. Louis Art Museum, painted by John J. Egan, Panorama of the Monumental
Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley, c.1850. Separate panels of this 1850s moving panorama were on display at the St. Louis Museum of Art as part of the Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and
the West exhibit which ended in May, 2015. The first link is a time lapse video of a crew setting up one scene of the moving panorama.
exhibition travels to the Saint Louis Art Museum, on view from February 22–May 17, 2015. It closes in New York at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from June 15–September 20, 2015. - See more at: http://www.cartermuseum.org/exhibitions/navigating-the-west-george-caleb-bingham-and-the-river#sthash.PxxyIU75.dpuf
After premiering at the Amon Carter, the exhibition travels to the Saint Louis Art Museum, on view from February 22–May 17, 2015. It closes in New York at The Metropolitan Museum
of Art from June 15–September 20, 2015. - See more at: http://www.cartermuseum.org/exhibitions/navigating-the-west-george-caleb-bingham-and-the-river#sthash.PxxyIU75.dpuf
premiering at the Amon Carter, the exhibition travels to the Saint Louis Art Museum, on view from February 22–May 17, 2015. It closes in New York at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from June 15–September 20, 2015. - See more at: http://www.cartermuseum.org/exhibitions/navigating-the-west-george-caleb-bingham-and-the-river#sthash.PxxyIU75.dpuf
Henry Box Brown (1816-c.1889) was a Virginia slave who escaped to freedom by arranging to have himself shipped to Philadelphia abolitionists in a wooden box. He went on to become a successful moving panorama showman in the US and then in England.
Read about this truly remarkable story. Find out more
in the book The Unboxing of Henry Brown by Jeffrey Ruggles.
Letter from an Unknown Women - A three minute excerpt from the 1948 movie. It shows a couple in an amusement park
where they are taking the train ride. The scenery that is passing by in the window is a bicycle powered moving panorama.
I am working on my crankie table display for the International Panorama Council Conference in Namur, Belgium which begins Sept. 8th, 2015. Wish me luck! Excited!
This is one of the scenes from my new Barn Quilt Trails crankie. Machine cut/hand cut black Tyvek and torn tissue paper glued to white Tyvek.