John Barnes Linnett

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Kineograph patent

John Barnes Linnett (born c. 1831) was a British lithograph printer based in Birmingham, England. Although the French Pierre-Hubert Desvignes is generally credited with being the inventor of the flip book, Linnett was the first to patent the invention, in 1868, under the name of kineograph.[1][2]

He was born in Austrey, Warwickshire.[3]

Linnett died of pneumonia. His wife sold the patent to an American.


  1. ^ McDonough, John; Egolf, Karen (2015). The Advertising Age Encyclopedia of Advertising. Routledge. p. 81. ISBN 9781135949068. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  2. ^ Chronological Index of Patents Applied for and Patents Granted. G.E. Eyre and W. Spottiswoode. 1869. p. 65. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  3. ^ 1851 England Census