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From Magic Lantern to Movies

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From Magic Lantern to Movies: The Optical Magic Lantern Journal 1889-1903

London: PhotoResearch, 2009

5000+ pages, DVD-ROM, 13.5 x 19cm

The Optical Magic Lantern Journal and Photographic Enlarger (OMLJ) was a British trade monthly published from 1889 to 1903. Its remit included the projected image trade, starting with the magic lantern and continuing with the emerging cinema, as well as photography during the heyday of the hand camera, lighting technology and general science. OMLJ featured news and opinions, and through its correspondence and advertising pages provides a unique insight into each of these areas at an important point in its history.

Copies of the OMLJ are extremely rare. Only a few bound volumes exist, and most have had their advertising pages removed. For the first time this DVD presents the complete run of 160 issues of the OMLJ with the original advertisements. Over 5,000 pages have been scanned at high resolution and converted to PDF format. They are accompanied by a searchable full content listing organised by title, type of item and author/contributor, with additional biographical and company data.