Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

The Book of the Lantern. Being a Practical Guide to the Working of the Optical (or Magic) Lantern. With Full and Precise Directions for Making and Coloring Lantern Pictures.
Hepworth, T. C.
exhibitor must content himself with existing arrangements. 
But supposing that he has a free will in the matter, he 
must exercise his judgment with regard to the size of the 
hall, and the best position for hanging a sheet. For in¬ 
stance, in a hall with a pointed roof, the position A (see 
figure 35) would be preferable to position B. In some 
halls, again, the walls may be so far apart that the sheet 
will, when hung in the manner described, drop consider¬ 
ably by its own weight, so that, although the screw-eyes 
may be 20 feet from the ground, the top edge of the sheet 
will be only 14 or 15 feet above the floor. The best 
way of obviating this is by the use of two wooden struts, 
or supports, placed as shown in figure 36. In this dia- 
Fig. 36. 
gram the dotted lines indicate the position which the sheet 
would occupy without this help. 
The material of which the screen or sheet is made is of 
far more importance than would be thought by an inexperi¬ 
enced worker. A careful artist knows that a good picture 
cannot be produced on crumpled or dirty paper ; and the 
lantern exhibitor should be quite as careful to provide for 
his pictures an unblemished and even surface. Un-


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