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Magic Lantern Slide Projector, c.1890s


Fascinating brass and gray metal magic lantern slide projector from the Netherlands. Slide holder holds two or three slides at a time. 

This example of a magic lantern shows the transition from candlelight to electric light. The electric lamp and wires were added to the well-ventilated central chamber of the projector in the early 20th century.

For at least two centuries before motion picture cinema, people gathered to watch glass slides on a magic lantern. Images were sometimes animated by sliding two or three glass slides back and forth in front of the lens. Lenses and slide mechanisms in working order. European wiring is brittle.

From Amsterdam in the late 19th century.

Dimensions 11 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 14 inches.

Glass slides from the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain are available, as well. Inquire below to find out more.


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