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Panorama slide

Sample image of this type of slide – slide shown is unnumbered slide from [Miscellaneous hand-painted long slides] (comic: manufacturer unknown, at least 3 slides, n.d.)

Panorama slide
Ilfracombe Museum collection – reproduced by permission. Digital image © 2017 Ilfracombe Museum.
Barnes classification

John Barnes, ‘Classification of magic lantern slides for cataloguing and documentation’ in Magic images (1990), 75

“A single long strip of glass, usually mounted in a wood frame.

The subject may be represented as a continuous scene, occupying the whole length of the glass; or as a succession of individual subjects, either related to each other in theme, or otherwise.

When the subject is continuous, the slide is slowly passed through the lantern without interruption. But where individual subjects are represented, the slide is passed through the lantern with intervals of rest, coinciding with each subject.

Probably first introduced during the eighteenth century. Rarely produced after about 1880, except for the juvenile market.

In the earliest examples, the glass is often uneven and flawed by small air bubbles.

The subjects are almost always hand-painted. Those for the Phantasmagoria have black opaque grounds, and were first introduced shortly after 1820.”

Typical material(s)
Lucerna ID  5000033

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 7 October 2019

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