Kevin Varty, a member of the Magic Lantern Society and well known lecturer and presenter, will take us through the history of magic lanterns, which were invented in the 1650s, some two hundred years before photography. The talk covers developments in the lanterns from their heyday in the 1870s up to their demise in the 1950s. It ends with a recreation of a Magic Lantern Show giving an insight to family entertainment in the Victorian era. All the lanterns, glass slides, jokes (and groans) are original items
Kevin will bring a rare dissolving view lantern with him to show how image projection changed over the years.
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