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This item sold on December 7, 2011.

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This wonderful curiosity is made of tin, brass, on wooden base with red and black paint. Fair condition, much wear and use. Over 100 years old. Includes one magic lantern slide.

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"Toy" Magic Lanterns were the DVD players of the late Victorian era, made for home use. Professional Magic Lantern shows in theaters we very popular. By 1895 there were between 30,000 and 60,000 lantern showmen in the United States, giving between 75,000 and 150,000 performances a year. These shows in larger venues than one’s parlor used much larger devices, and were the blue-ray of the day. Topics ranged from history, travel, victorian edu-tainment and even political events. Everyone was scrambling to get the “toy” home version. Soon the slides and stories got cranked out at a fever pitch. And then along came the movies and we all sort of forgot about slides, unless visiting the in-laws, or until Bill Gates reinvented them with Powerpoint. What’s next, steam-powered spaceships?

At any rate, thanks for looking.
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1890s Magic Lantern Projector, Red Toy, 1 inch aperture


  • Materials: tin, brass, paint, wood, glass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 7 reviews
  • Favorited by: 27 people