Treasures of pre-cinema history
The magic lantern
Lorenz Neussner, Nürnberg
It is likely that the Nuremberg optician Lorenz Neussner made tinplate lanterns in the second half of the 1850s before taking up the manufacture of "modern" magic lanterns around 1860/61, probably inspired by the successful factory of Heinrich Denecke. Lorenz Neussner died in 1868, his son Ludwig then took over the workshop and continued the production of magic lanterns until the mid-1870s.