When I began researching kaleidoscopes I discovered that it hasn't been around since DaVinci like I thought. In the early 1800's Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster put together a tube, two mirrors, two translucent discs and two beads for an experiment in light polarization. Voila! What started as a scientific experiment soon became a popular toy for children of all ages.
The word "kaleidoscope" comes from the Ancient Greek language: kalos ~ beautiful, eidos ~ shapes, and skopeo ~ examine, or to look. In essence, the name means to look at beautiful shapes.
Some kaleidoscopes are little enough to be key rings. According to the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society the smallest kaleidoscopes were created by stained glass artist Stan Goeller and are inside a miniaturized replica of BKS founder Cozy Baker's home-museum.
No matter the size, the images created by a kaleidoscope never fail to inspire.
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"The Kaleidoscope fascinates us all, and we watch - and wait - sometimes holding our breath, as the patterns of color continue to change with the passage of time." ~ Rebecca Blackwell Drake