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Organisation: Max Dannhorn, toy manufacturer

Historical details of this organisation
Full name
Max Dannhorn
Short name
Max Dannhorn
Main area of activity
toy manufacturer
Secondary area(s) of activity
Lantern and slide manufacturer
Date of foundation
Date of winding-up
Main period and nation of relevant activity
1880s-1917s, Germany

German magic lantern manufacturer, founded in 1872 in Nuremberg, produced magic lanterns noted for their extraordinary beauty. Some of their products can be identified by the initials MD, or by a stamped fir tree; unfortunately their trade mark was rarely applied to the products, which makes the identification of their lanterns rather difficult. 

After World War I the majority of the shares were sold to Gebrüder Bing in 1921, after which Dannhorn's production was absorbed into the Bing group. Closed 1917 when metal factories ordered to produce armaments. In 1890s said to rival Bing Brothers in scale of operations. Numerous patents for musical tin tops.

People linked to this organisation

DANNHORN, Max  ( ? -) – founder, dates unknown

David Robinson, Stephen Herbert and Richard Crangle (editors), Encyclopaedia of the magic lantern (London: Magic Lantern Society, 2001), pp. 84-85
Lucerna ID 1001405

Record created by Deac Rossell, Richard Crangle and Bernard Munnik. Last updated 8 October 2018

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