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Make Magic

Magic Lantern






8.  La récréation: Journal des écoliers, volume 2, number 13 for January 1834.

The author of this article promises his young readers that they will be able to construct their own magic lantern out of wood for much less than it would cost to purchase one (notice that the type to be constructed is nearly identical to the one depicted in number 1). In the best—or worst—tradition of crafts magazines, the instructions presume a very high level of proficiency on the part of the eager little fabricator. Once the projector is finished, the author assures his readers, they may now begin the much easier and agreeable job of painting the slides—but promises the all-important information on mixing the paints in his next!