Virtual Children's Books Exhibits


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Magic Lantern





10.  Hans-Friedrich Geist.
Spielzeug: Eine bunte Fibel.
Alfred Mahlau, illustrator.
Leipzig: L. Stackmann, 1938.

Pre-cinematic optical toys are the subject of the thirty-fourth plate of this charmingly illustrated taxonomy of toys. Any of these objects, which were drawn from actual nineteenth century examples, could be found in people's homes. Number 6 in the upper left-hand corner is a particularly splendid example of a magic lantern. The other devices are 1) peepshow, 2) camera obscura, 3) zoetrope, 4) stereopticon slide viewer, and 5) kaleidoscope, with materials for making slides.