Audiovisual technology

  • Magic Lantern, A. Laverne & Co

    Record number: 4958
    Date: Second half of 19th century
    Geographical specifications: France
    Dimensions: 68 x 27 x 59 cm

    A two-storey magic lantern, of considerable quality, the lens protected with a copper cover.This lantern has a double lens with springs to open and close simultaneously.

    Magic lanterns, or projectors, were the first optical device to project images painted in transparent colours on small glass slides.

    Laverne & Co. was a leading French producer of projection lanterns (or "magic lanterns"), the first optical device capable of projecting coloured images painted on glass, specialising in lanterns for public or Poliorama projections.