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.
can be placed the lantern-box, while the lantern itself corn¬ 
's monly screws to the top of the said box. There is always 
a difficulty in finding the right kind of table. It is either 
too small or too large, or else it is rickety and unsafe, or 
perhaps it is too beautiful to be devoted to such a heathen¬ 
ish purpose as the support of a lantern-box,—all which 
things happened to me and my assistant times out of 
number, until I invented a lantern-support for myself, 
consisting of four iron legs. With them I can now laugh 
the decrepit local table to scorn, and the beauty of the 
leather-covered library specimen, which must not be 
touched by sacrilegious hands, is a thing which ceases to 
interest me. In a word, I am independent of such primi¬ 
tive supports, and am as proud of my iron legs as is a 
Chelsea pensioner of the wooden understandings which he 
exchanged in the Crimea for those with which he was 
The accompanying sketches will in a moment cause the 
form and purpose of these legs to be understood. They 
are made of iron, having a sectional area of 1 inch by 
three-eighths of an inch. Each fits into a socket upon the 
lantern box, and each has at its lower end a kind of flat 
toe turned outwards, through which is a hole by which 
the leg can be screwed to the floor. This, however, is 
hardly necessary, for the weight of the lantern and its 
box, together with the slides which it contains whilst in 
use, are quite sufficient to make the whole arrangement as 
firm as a rock. 
In the annexed cut (fig. 67) A is the lantern box, fitted with 
a strong frame at the bottom, F, upon which the sockets can 


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