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Maker(s):Pike, Benjamin, Jr.
Title:Magic Lantern
Date Made:1831-1864
Materials:metal; glass
Place Made:New York State
Measurements:overall: 15 3/4 in x 6 5/16 in x 6 1/2 in; 40 cm x 16 cm x 16.5 cm
Accession Number:  HC 2016.1.015
Credit Line:Purchased from Robert W. Lisle, MD, 2004

The magic lantern or Laterna Magica is an early type of image projector employing painted pictures or photographs on sheets of glass, a lens and a bright light source. It was developed in the 17th century and commonly used for educational and entertainment purposes.

magic lanterns; toys

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