Keystone Lantern Slide Projector, circa 1915

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

Magic lantern

Date Made

circa 1915

Creators

Bausch & Lomb Optical Company 

Keystone View Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Pennsylvania, Meadville 

United States, New York, Rochester 

Creator Notes

Magic lantern manufactured by Keystone View Company, Meadville, Pennsylvania, fitted with lens made by Bausch & Lomb Optical Company, headquartered in Rochester, New York.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2014.0.17.174

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Iron (Metal)
Paper (Fiber product)
Rubber (Material)
Steel (Alloy)
Textile
Wood (Plant material)

Inscriptions

plaque: KEYSTONE VIEW CO / MEADVILLE, PA. / MANUFACTURED BY / BAUSCH & LOMB OPTICAL CO. / ROCHESTER, N.Y., U.S.A. / NO 110894 110-125V 500W instructions: Directions for Operating Keystone Lantern / [. . . ] KEYSTONE VIEW CO. / MEADVILLE, PA.

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