Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Optical Projection: A Treatise of the Use of the Lantern in Exhibition and Scientific Demonstration
Wright, Lewis
About the year 1851 there was placed at my disposal a 
Lantern, of a character very unusual (at that time) for 
any boy of my age to possess a share in ; in fact it was 
one of Carpenter and Westley’s ‘ Phantasmagoria ’ 
lanterns, unrivalled at that period of transparent sheets 
and sperm-oil. The result was that Optical Projection, in 
its various forms, has been with me more or less a hobby 
ever since ; less followed for some years during which 
pursuits of a more open-air character,1 for sufficiently 
serious reasons, engaged more of my attention, but 
never abandoned, and again and again returned to with 
renewed interest. Mere slides of course came first, but 
I soon discovered for myself that things could be pro¬ 
jected as well as pictures ; and for a long time past I 
have found much relaxation from my literary work, in 
reducing various optical and other physical experiments 
to conditions which enable an audience to behold them 
upon a screen, and in devising contrivances for making 
the beautiful phenomena of Polarised Light more spec¬ 
tacularly imposing. Since the publication of a little 
1 Poultry-breeding.


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