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, a song is sung or a tune is played. If you haven't seen one before, then a 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 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 A CRANKIE!
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.