Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
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.
Person:
Hepworth, T. C.
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/image/lit39440/218/
THE BOOK OF THE LANTERN. 
207 
these were all printed as lantern transparencies, and he is 
now able to entertain his friends with an account of his 
wanderings, and to illustrate his remarks in a very pleasant 
and novel manner. If the same negatives had been merely 
printed on paper in the usual manner, and shown in an 
album, they would, by reason of their smallness, have met 
with but scant appreciation. 
I may instance another way in which tbe lantern can be 
utilised without the necessity of taking original negatives. 
Most travellers abroad collect photographs of any place they 
may visit, and an enormous trade is now done in such 
pictures. These are brought home in due course, mounted 
in an album, and too often, alas ! gradually fade into sickly 
yellow ghosts of their former selves. Now, if these pictures 
were copied by a small quarter-plate camera, the negatives 
thus obtained could in their turn furnish positives on glass 
for use in the lantern. Transparencies so produced are 
never, it is true, so good as those from original negatives, 
for the texture and the gloss of the paper prints will gene¬ 
rally to some extent show themselves in the reproduced 
negative, but still it is wonderful what good results can be 
obtained in this way. Indeed, I may say that it requires a 
critical eye to detect that a second negative has been em¬ 
ployed. I have already detailed the best method of pro¬ 
ducing these negatives from paper prints, and have given 
some useful hints by which the disadvantages to which they 
are subject can be reduced to a minimum (see page 121). 
Paper prints naturally remind one of those portrait 
albums which are found in every house. Why should not 
these pictures also be adapted to the lantern ? What a
        

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