Treasures of pre-cinema history
The magic lantern
The two brothers William and Frederick Langenheim, photographers in Philadelphia, invented in 1850 the “Hyalotype”-process to produce a transparent black-and-white photographic image on glass to be projected with a magic lantern. The brothers presented their invention for the first time at the Great Exhibition (World's Fair) 1851 in London and drew great attention. Very soon the first commercial produced photographic slides (in black-and-white, sometimes hand coloured) came up in the market. However, at the beginning with small success only. Professional showman stayed with hand painted-slides (antique statues as an exception).
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