Punch and Judy Magic Lantern Slides


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Professor De Lyle's Magic and Wonder Show















A Museum Puts On A Magic-lantern Show

Long before television and home movies, thaumatropes, phenakistoscopes, stroboscopes, zoetropes, ludoscopes and Kinetoscopes were the family's optical amusements. All these devices were table-top viewers that used drawn or printed images. Dioramas, panoramas, shadow puppets and peep shows were also popular entertainments. But of all the optical amusements of the 18th and 19th centuries, the most entertaining was the magic lantern, the ancestor of the slide projector and movie projector. Click here to read more.


Below Panorama format color rectangular glass slide with a single glass rectangular sheet with hand painted figures on a black opaque background, mounted in a wooden frame,






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