A History Of The Magic Lantern - Page 8
The Galantee Showmen or Savoyards
|In the early years of the nineteenth century showmen with lanterns traveled around the country giving shows in the places they stopped. These were known as "Galantee" showman or "Savoyards", and they would give shows by projecting on walls or white sheets. The subjects would probably relate to Biblical, moral and current events, and the showman would create stories for the children watching.|
As magic lanterns became cheaper to buy, and readily available in shops, people could create Lantern shows for themselves at home.
The Galantee showmen gave way to the new style of showmen, the "Professors" who had access to more elaborate equipment and wonderful, but expensive animated slides.