Prairie on fire with train, hand-coloured magic lantern slide, 19th century.

Prairie on fire with train, hand-coloured magic lantern slide, 19th century.
4 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm

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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 of 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 dissolving images on the screen and, in the case of the Phantasmagoria, an eerie, magical experience.

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