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lantern or Lanterna Magica was the ancestor of the modern slide projector.
By the 19th century, there was a thriving trade of itinerant projectionists, who
would travel with their magic lanterns, and a large number of slides,
putting on shows in towns and villages.
The invention of photography enabled the inexpensive creation and reproduction
of slides, and thereby greatly expanded the repertoire of available images.
Slide shows would feature famous landmarks, foreign lands, and personages. Posed
photographs were sold in series, telling uplifting stories and moral tales.
After the invention of moving
pictures, the few surviving lanterns and slides are sought-after collector's