Jacob’s Ladder

This is one of the best-known optical toys in history. The figure changes as the pieces composing it are moved. The story has it that some of these toys were found in Tutankhamen’s grave, in the 14th century B.C. The name comes from the bible, where Jacob dreamt of angels climbing up and down a ladder.

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Jacob's ladder mechanism

Mechanism of Jacob’s Ladder or Magic Ladder.