A Short History of the Magic Lantern

As I learn about lantern slides and how to preserve them, I came across this delightful little movie. Take a few minutes and enjoy. While the collection I am cataloging are black and white travel photos from about 1915 to 1930 taken by the family, having a working “magic lantern” opens all kinds of avenues to explore. This is really the beginning of film as we know it today.