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Magic lantern slide projector, c.1890s

Fascinating brass and gray magic lantern or slide projector from the Netherlands. 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. This example of a magic lantern shows the transition from candlelight to electric light, as the lamp and wires were added to the well-ventilated central chamber of the projector in the early 20th century. Lenses and slide mechanisms in working order. Slide holder holds two or three slides at a time. European wiring is brittle. Dimensions 11 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 14 inches. From Amsterdam in the late 19th century. Glass slides from the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain are available, as well.


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