LANTERNS
Sorts of magic lanterns
Special magic lanterns
Accessories
A division into manufacturers
Miscellaneous



Sorts of magic lanterns


 

Sorts of magic lanterns

Toy or Children's magic lanterns    Parlour magic lanterns    Large magic lanterns or Sciopticons    Plural magic lanterns    Special magic lanterns, cinematographes, episcopes    Fancy magic lanterns

An attempt to divide the large variety of magic lanterns into some categories: toy- or children's lanterns, parlour lanterns, large lanterns or sciopticons, plural lanterns, special lanterns and fancy lanterns.

 
Cinematographs, movies on the magic lantern
Manufacturers reacted to the rivalry of the motion picture by making magic lanterns that were able to show moving films too.

Biunials and triunials, plural mahogany and brass magic lanterns
Genuine biunials are quite rare nowadays. They are much sought after by collectors and by every self-respecting modern lanternist.

 
Episcopes and epidiascopes
An epi(dia)scope is a magic lantern that is able to project (also) opaque images and three-dimensional objects.

Filmstrip lanterns
From c. 1890 some magic lanterns were produced for the use of translucent celluloid filmstrips.

Ceramic Lanterns
Ceramic lanterns are magic lanterns that have a ceramic body, mostly decorated with colourful floral motives. Because of their vulnerability, they are very scarce nowadays.

 
Battery operated magic lanterns.
Flashlight magic lanterns are, just like other battery operated magic lanterns, always  simple children’s toys. Actually the body is an ordinary portable battery flashlight. An attachment transforms the torch into a magic lantern.

 
Biscuit tin magic lanterns.
Magic lanterns, sometimes manufactured industrially but mostly wonderful feats of home handycrafts, made from old biscuit tins and other packages.

 



Special magic lanterns


 
The Youth's Companion
Perry Mason's Ideal Magic Lantern as a premium for the readers of a widely read American youth magazine.

A complete magic lantern outfit

The perfect birthday present for father and son, around 1900.

A Magic Lantern set, made by Ernst Plank, Germany
This special version of Ernst Plank's 'Climax' for the U.S.A. and the United Kingdom was called the 'Brass Climax' (1890).

Mickey Mouse Magic Lanterns.
Mickey Mouse magic lantern outfit
The British Ensign ltd produced this toy lantern and slides, based on the early Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphonies and feature-length cartoons.
 
Mickey Mouse toy lantern outfit
Actually the body is a common portable battery flashlight. An attachment transforms the torch into a magic lantern.

 
Magic Lanterns, out of the ordinary.
Some magic lanterns deviate substantially from the normal magic lanterns; for instance by their shape, their use, or the objects and materials they can project.

 


Accessories

 

Parts and accessories
Besides his magic lantern and a good amount of slides, a lanternist in the nineteenth century needed a lot of other helpful articles when he had to illuminate a lecture with his lantern slides.

 
Light in the darkness
Without the presence of light no magic lantern might exist. Therefore one of the most important parts of a magic lantern is ....... the light source.

A lot of different light sources that have been used in the magic lantern.

 
Preliminary hints to Amateur Lecturers.
Hints for a successful public reading using a magic lantern and some other apparatus.

 


A division into manufacturers

Germany:
Gebrüder Bing  G.B.N or B.W.
Georg Carette & Co.  G.C.Co.N.
Max Dannhorn  M.D.
Johann Falk  J.F.
Ernst Plank  E.P.
Jean Schoenner  S.N. or J.S.
Ica - Aktiengesellschaft Dresden.

France:

Louis Aubert
Lapierre

Great Brittan:

Archer & Sons
W. Butcher & Sons
W.C. Hughes
Newton & Co.
Perken, Son & Rayment. (Optimus)
Walter Tyler
Ensign Ltd.
W. Watson & Sons

USA:
McAllister
Bausch & Lomb, New York
Pettibone Manufacturing Company
Victor Animatograph Co.
Williams, Brown & Earle
Queen & Co., James W.

Miscellaneous.
Various manufacturers and suppliers, England.
Various manufacturers and suppliers, Germany.
Various manufacturers and suppliers, France.
Various manufacturers and suppliers, Rest of Europe.
Various manufacturers and suppliers, U.S.A.
Various manufacturers and suppliers, Various and unknown.


 


Miscellaneous


 

The magic lantern in three dimensions.
Because of the relationship with the magic lantern almost every collector of magic lanterns has some stereoscopes in his collection.

 
A magic lantern at the bottom of the sea.
Pretty finds in the water of the North Sea. What do magic lantern slides look like after a stay of many decennia under water?

 
Fabulous finds in Second Life.
Second Life is a virtual world that is accessible on the Internet. I was very surprised to find there a good working magic lantern. A splendid bi-unial!
And I found more!

 
How To Make A Magic Lantern
as described in The Book Of Knowledge (c. 1910). Many detailed drawings included.

 
Build your own Laterna Magica
A pre-punched cut out for a real working magic lantern with battery operated light source.

 
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