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Here is an absolutely charming whimsical antique magic lantern slide from the German manufacturer Ernst Planck depicting Victorian scenes of children playing outside and situations with animals dating to the late 1800s. Four circular vignettes show: a young girl feeding the chickens from feed in her apron; a young boy having his dog jump through a hoop; a little girl with a basket asleep on a pile of hay with a woman farming in the background; a boy and girl on a bench, he with fishing pole, she with parasol and basket.

This slide would have originally come as part of a kit when you purchased a magic lantern and they are meant to be projected as vignettes telling a story, which you would recite along with your viewing. They are printed on glass with the Chromolitho process that allowed multiple colors to be printed. Magic Lanterns have a rich history dating back hundreds of years, long foreshadowing the projection abilities of cinema. Lanternists would carry their equipment on their backs and journey from town to town, setting up their shows and telling their visual stories.

The slide is of fairly thin glass and fragile. It is bordered with red tape that is worn in places. It has scratches on it. Nonetheless, it is stunning when held up to the light and personally I have some displayed on my window ledges. The colors and detail are quite intense.

Measures 8" x 2 1/4".

I will take the utmost care in shipping it to you.

If you'd like to explore magic lanterns:

Antique Magic Lantern Slide with Scenes of Pastoral Victorian Children Playing Outdoors in Summer.