Item 2018.09.10.01 - Lanterna Magica

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Lanterna Magica

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  • ca. 1895 (Manufacturing)
    Ernst Planck

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1 entertainment device : magic lantern

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Item is a child's, oil lamp magic lantern set manufactured by German company Ernst Planck. The set contains a tin projector, two-part lens, oil lamp, and 12 lantern slides. Instructions for use are printed in German, French, and English on the underside of the box lid, and are as follows:

"Directions for using. Place the Lantern on a table, the lenses facing a smooth white sheet at a distance of about 3-5 feet. See that the wich of the lamp is cut even, then light the lamp which you have filled with petroleum. Let the flame be as large as it is possible without smooting. Put the lamp into the lantern in a way that the screw of the wick is on one side. Now place the slide upside down in the lantern, adjusting the focusing tube by moving it either in or out until the picture is distinctly seen on the white sheet. If the table is at a farther distance, the pictures will be much larger, but not as distinct. The nearer the lantern is standing to the sheet, the more distinct but smaller the pictures will be. The room must be perfectly dark. "

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The collection was collected by the late Dr. Martin J. Bass and Gail Silverman Bass and donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives by Gail Bass in 2018.


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