what for heaven's sake is a Luikerwaal?
A Luikerwaal? I'll try to explain.
Probably foreigners will need a long time to pronounce the name correctly :-)
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In the beginning magic
lanterns were mostly used by scientists, but soon various people realised that it was a
good business and took advantage of it. For instance the 'Luikerwalen',
people originating from Wallonia, Belgium (Luik + WalloniŽ = Luikerwaal).
Catching and killing rats had been their main activity, but when the government
had prohibited them to carry the dangerous rat-poison throughout the country,
they had to find a new source of income. They started travelling all over the
country to give magic lantern shows on fairs, pubs, weddings and so on. The
magic lantern and accompanying slides they carried on their backs, were built by
themselves in most cases.
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