Glass slide for use in a magic lantern projector.

This type of glass slide in a wooden frame was used to project a static image such as a scene, the words of a song or joke, a scientific instrument and so on. This slide is a tinted photograph of the seaside at Kew, England.

This lantern slide is part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus and ephemera, acquired by the Australian and Victorian Governments in 1975. David Francis was the curator of the National Film and Sound Archive of the British Film Institute as well as being a co-founder of the Museum of the Moving Image in London, which was operational between 1988 and 1999.

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