Magic lantern display, 19th century

Magic lantern display, 19th century

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Caption: Magic lantern display, showing the 7 June 1891 eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples, Italy. The magic lantern was the ancestor of the modern slide projector. It was invented in China in the 2nd century, and was in existence in Europe by the late 17th century. It used an oil lamp and a lens to project images painted on glass plates onto a screen. Here, a method of adding motion to the image is being illustrated, with the effect design to imitate the lava and ash erupting from the volcano. Artwork from the eighth volume (second period of 1891) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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