Welcome! I am a fiddler, guitarist, stepdancer and crankie artist living in Seattle. Crankies are 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 window. 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). They originated in Europe in the late 18th century. This scrolling, picture art form is experiencing a comeback and I am excited to be a part of it. This website attempts to connect the old (moving panoramas of the 18th/19th century)
with the new (crankies being made today by artists around the world).
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.