Lantern Slide, "Robinson Crusoe, He Sails Around the Island," 1894

Summary

Magic lanterns use a concave mirror and light source to project images on glass slides with painted or photographic scenes. Developed in the 17th century, magic lanterns predate slide projectors and motion pictures. In the hands of magicians, they became "lanterns of fright," projecting wondrous images and apparitions. Slide themes ranged widely: exotic travel, folklore, advertising, history, science, and art.

Magic lanterns use a concave mirror and light source to project images on glass slides with painted or photographic scenes. Developed in the 17th century, magic lanterns predate slide projectors and motion pictures. In the hands of magicians, they became "lanterns of fright," projecting wondrous images and apparitions. Slide themes ranged widely: exotic travel, folklore, advertising, history, science, and art.

Artifact

Lantern slide

Date Made

1894

Subject Date

circa 1720

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

94.0.65.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Glass (Material)
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Hand coloring
Gelatin silver process

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 3.25 in

Width: 4 in

Length: 0.125 in

Inscriptions

ROBINSON CRUSOE - 5: He Sails Around His Island

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