Item 2017.017.01.001 - Improved Phantasmagoria Lantern

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Improved Phantasmagoria Lantern

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2017.017.01.001

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  • [ca. 1830] (Creation)
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    Carpenter & Westley

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1 projector

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A black tin Improved Phantasmagoria Lantern with handle and crooked chimney.

Carpenter marketed his Improved Phantasmagoria Lantern as a consumer version of the famous Phantasmagoria lantern shows that simulated ghost and spirit projections during the late 1700 and early 1800s. The name is a misnomer since Phantasmagoria refers to a type of projection rather than a type of lantern. The handle on the lantern was meant to accompany a larger professional magic lantern show with a small, mobile projector, or for small scale uses.

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