Advert for Noakes & Son, magic lantern manufacturers
Printer: EG Berryman & Sons
Medium: Print on paper
The 19th century saw the beginning of the western world's fascination with moving images. Magic lanterns were first seen in Europe in the mid-17th century, but may have been imported from the Far East. Using an oil lamp and a lens, silhouetted images painted on glass plates were projected onto a screen. The plates contained static images of a single moving process. The plates were alternated at high speed, giving the impression of motion. Many projectionists toured 19th century Britain with a wealth of slides and would project their moving images to a background of dramatic music.