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Images of Lantern Slides

Move your cursor over the image to see a Chromatrope Lantern Slide Animation

Lantern Slides come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

From the seventeenth century different manufacturers and countries engaged in fierce competition to establish their own sizes as the ‘standard’. Many manufacturers also invented ingenious mechanisms to create movement or animation in the projected image.

Today the range of slide types can seem quite bewildering.


A range of lantern slide types

Examples of the wide range of slide types to be found

The images in this section present examples of the major recognised types and formats: