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19th century toy with which infinite combinations could be made to create different landscapes.

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The myriorama was a popular entertainment during the 19th century. We find the first references in 1830 in the city of Leipzig (Germany), later spreading throughout Europe throughout the 19th century.

It consists of a collection of cards illustrated with fragments of a scene, usually a landscape. Each card is drawn in such a way that the strokes of the image on the sides coincide with those of any other card, therefore all of them can be randomly combined with each other. In this way it is possible to build continuous images by arranging the cards in a row, one next to the other, in any order. The number of different images that can be constructed with a myriorama is given by the number  of possible permutations for the cards, where n is the number of cards of which the myriorama is composed. This quantity, the factorial of n, is astronomical even for relatively small values of n and hence the origin of the word miriorma whose origin “myriad” means a very large and indeterminate number of things, in this case different landscapes. It is accompanied by a brief historical review.

We have two sizes:


Composed of 16 thick cardboard slats, 18.5 x 7.5 cm each

It is presented in a beautiful illustrated cardboard box.


Composed of 24 cardboard slats measuring 9.5x 3.5 cm each

It is presented in an illustrated cardboard case.

Additional information

Weight 0,4 kg
Dimensions 0,2 × 0,15 × 0,05 cm



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