At Donnington on Monday one of the things that I bought was this box full of Magic Lantern Slides.

Magic Lantern Slides

Magic Lantern Slides

And this morning is the first chance that I have had to have a good look through them.

I am delighted with them, they are probably dated around the turn of the 1900’s.  There are little sets of Flora and Fauna, Nursery Rhymes, many little stories, some very un-PC by today’s standards and even a few of Steam Trains.

It must have been quite an excitement to gather for a slide show in the Village Hall, or Pub or even the local Church, remember this was before Cinema and the rest of our modern communications, even Radio!

If you didn’t read or see the Magic Lantern pictures, you were just reliant on ‘Word of Mouth’ and we all know what happens in the game ‘Chinese Whispers’, so to see actual pictures must have been truly like magic.

And lovely beginnings and endings.

And lovely beginnings and endings.

The End

The End

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