The ingenious way the slides have been displayed here means they can be enjoyed as intended with a constant source of diffused white light, many such slides are left in wooden boxes in attics and long forgotten.
Views to these very rare slides include ‘French Machine Gun Instruction Class’, ‘French 280mm gun at work, shell being hoisted into position,’ ‘Funeral Of Lord Roberts’, ‘Siege Forts After Bombardment’, ‘ Five dead Germans ‘, ‘ British Infantry getting through wire entanglements ‘, ‘ French soldiers attending a wounded comrade ,’ ‘ First Aid By A French Surgeon ,’ ‘ Execution of a German spy in France ,’ and ‘A Highlander wearing his anti-gas mask ‘ to name but a few. Each slide gives a huge insight into the real goings on of war, some being touching and others macabre and harrowing, though each wonderfully touching.
The magic lantern is the forerunner of the slide projector, and it is one of the most popular inventions of the marvellous world of optical illusion, alongside the Camera Obscura, the Magic Mirror, and various other contraptions that have captivated people for centuries.
A unique installation piece with weighty decorative appeal illuminating any room with a huge amount of gravitas.