Magic Lanterns


In the last decades of the nineteenth century magic lanterns shows were often played at home with projectors operated by parents or by their children themselves. Toy magic lanterns were produced in thousands, especially in Germany and France. This kind of projectors had often small dimensions.








Magic lantern 'Lanterne riche' (made by Lapierre, Paris 1884). It is 33 cm. high. The inner light can be reached by a back flap. The magic lanterns manufactered by Lapierre were famous for their fanciful design.


Magic Lantern 'Lampaboule' manufactured by Lapierre (about 1880, France). This model has a hole in the bottom and has not its own light because it was intended to be set directly upon an oil lamp. It was avalaible in various sizes. This one is 28 cm. high.

Another magic lantern by Lapierre (1886, France). The base, an oil lamp, is not the original one, but it fits well with the lantern. This model was avalaible in various sizes. This one is 35 cm. high, left out the lamp.   This lovely magic lantern (1880) was made by Jean Schoenner, Nuremberg. By 1894 Jean Schoenner' s factory had 250 emplyees making steam engine, magic lanterns and all sorts of optical toys. The front section of the lantern is supported by an Atlas tin figure.
Toy lantern made by Ernst Plank (Germany). It's about 29 cm. high. The Plank company was situated in Nuremberg and by 1894 employed about 120 workers.   Toy lantern 'Climax' (1898) manufactured by Ernst Plank (E.P.). It is only 20 cm. high and suitable to project both rectangular and round slides.