Saturday, October 22, 2011

Homemade antique magic lantern. Just add light.

Here's an interesting object I saw on Live From The Surface of The Moon.  It's an homemade magic lantern.  Magic lanterns were devices that projected images using light (candles at first), originally inroduced in the 1600s.  In this one you can see a cow in the center of the device.  You can then rotate the discs to add different heads or tails to the cow.  Hours of fun.

 If you want to know more about traditional magic lanters, you can visit these links:

 The Magic Lantern Castle (a museum dedicated to the device)

Couple good examples of traditional magic lantern below.  The third one looks home made.

There's a lot of charm to this one that is clearly home made.

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