1915 Magic Lanterns and Moving Pictures

  • Magic Lantern, page 96 from the book, The School House

    The Magic Lantern

    The Magic Lantern was an early type of image projector that was invented in the seventeenth century. Images produced on glass slides could be projected by the lantern onto screens, walls and other surfaces. Originally, magic lanterns were used mainly by magicians and conjurers who could produce supernatural images of ghost and demons seemingly at will. The device became a mainstay of early séances. During the later part of the nineteenth century, lanterns were used to entertain and educate.

    J. George Hodgins

    Printed paper

    2012.X.287.p96

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    Drawing in a book of what a magic lantern looks like and how images are projected from it