Thursday, June 29, 2017

JH Steward's Magic and Dissolving View Lanterns and Slides -- June 29, 2017

Magic Lantern Manual, William Isaac Chadwick, 1878

Before motion pictures, magic lanterns were popular sources of entertainment.  A magic lantern is a projector which can display translucent images.  Projectionists created elaborate shows that often told stories and featured elaborate effects like dissolves and the Phantasmagoria, which used scary images. 

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