Child with a basket of apples in the snow, mid 19th century.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Magic lantern slide of a child sitting on the snowy ground between two trees. The child appears to have slipped on some ice, spilling the contents of a basket of apples. Magic lantern shows began towards the end of the 17th century but only became more widespread and popular in the 19th century with the improvement in lamp sources. The shows could range from simple didactic presentations (a favourite topic was the demon drink) to sophisticated shows using double or triple lanterns to produce moving and disolving images on the screen and, in the case of Phantasmagoria, an eerie, magical experience.