There are many excellent web sites containing information on the magic lantern. A selected few:
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Photographic Historical Society Leading source of information on photographic history in America.
Balzer Collection A fabulous display of lanterns, slides, and related optical devices from one of America’s premier collections.
The Bill Douglas Center Excellent introduction to pre-cinema and Magic Lanterns.
De Luikerwaal Good survey of the magic-lantern from Dutch perspective, with a humorous touch.
Early Visual Media Fascinating site devoted to the 1790-1850’s phantasmagoria magic-lantern shows.
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film Leading film museum, with an extensive collection of the work of magic-lantern artist, Joseph Boggs Beale, and his employer, C. W. Briggs.
Japanese Lantern Site Learn about the Japanese version of the Magic Lantern. Translated!
Lucerna A data base of information on the magic lantern.
Magic-Lantern Castle A major San Antonio, TX, USA museum devoted exclusively to the magic-lantern.
Magic-Lantern Discussion Group You can chat with others interested in the lantern.
Magic Lantern Society Magic Lantern Society (England and International).
Museo del Precinema Extensive magic-lantern museum in Italy.
Professor Heard’s Magic Lantern Show Our English professional counterpart. A fine showman, who offers great ML history too.
John Libbey Publishing Publishers of material about the magic lantern and early cinema.
Videos. For a list of the videos in this museum, check the index. For a host of others, click “Videos” here.
Zotero Excellent resources for research on magic lanterns—links to web pages, digital books, research bibliography, etc.
Many museums and university archives contain lantern-slide collections that are now on line. Search by subject or name of performer.
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