Virtual Children's Books Exhibits


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Magic Shows

Magic Lantern






12.  Magic Lantern Alphabet of Animals.
London, Paris, New York: Raphael Tuck & Sons, not before 1886.

This group of well-behaved, stylish Victorian children is viewing slides of different birds and mammals. The boy operating the lantern is wearing a fashionable sailor suit with knickerbockers. The boy standing to his right is in the short velvet trousers and jacket with a lace collar popularized by the hero of Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886), a best-selling novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924). In the illustrations for NOP and WXY, boys are shown reading this book during the magic lantern show.

The firm of Raphael Tuck & Sons was well-known for its stylish paper dolls, ingenious moveable books, and the Artistic Toy Novelty series, which featured detailed, die-cut, embossed figures printed in bright colors.