Magic lantern used to project this type of circular slide was of German design, and was available c.1850. Magic lantern slides were popular in the 1890s. This design was for domestic use, and the slide was illuminated by an oil lamp,and projected a circular image. The slides, often hand coloured, were often mounted six to a small disk. This one in particular has eight hand coloured images. It tells the story of Dick Whittington, and English folktale, the title is written on the slide in three languages, English, French and German (Gesetzlich Geschutzt). It is the story of a young man who makes his fortune in London, with his cat.