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.
eBay Your best bet for finding Magic-Lantern material for sale. See our Collecting Tips section for hints and cautions.
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 of US and Canada Magic Lantern Society of US, Canada and International. For back copies of their research journal, click here.
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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