Why Wheels on Pictures of Retro Cars Looked Oval?

If you happened to browse through old photos of cars that were taken back in the 19th century, you probably noticed one weird thing about all those shots. The wheels look oval. Why is that? Let's find out.

The thing is that shutters in old cameras were really really slow and therefore in order to make rapid photography, let's say sports, the cameras had to be fitted with special shutters with rolling blinds, which made it possible to make photos in motion, but made the wheels look oval. 

By the way, it's probably because of this effect in photography that back in the old days the cartoon drawers made the wheels look oval. Back then people didn't think that this effect was a disadvantage. Quite the other way, everyone viewed it as something cool.

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