Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Collections: Magic Lantern Slides

 I have been holding onto this post for several months now in hopes that I would have done something with these babies by now. Perhaps I was waiting to build up a bigger collection- who knows. I found these Magic Lantern glass slides at Eastern Market mixed in with old atlas maps, vintage postcards, and other imagery from the past. I fell in love with these beautiful objects with images of who knows what and their beautiful borders. What is a magic lantern you ask? Basically it is the original slide projector. Check it out here.
While I do not own a magic lantern (I am not sure I want one either) I am now in possession of a handful of slides with beautiful and unique images on them. Most of these images are from the 30's and 40's, but I was told the one above is from 1912.

for all of you Tudors fans, that is an image of the big-bad Cardinal Wolsey

I am still trying to figure out how to display this new found collection, and when I do, I am sure it will land a post. More later...

on a side note:

I usually do not blog about others' blog posts, however today, I feel I have to share this. AuraJoon is a fabulous blog and her post from Friday truly represents the "tactile necessity" I wish I could so eloquently describe. Sometimes it is the simplest object that can store up so much meaning just by being there- present and serving as a reminder of the dirt, grime, and happiness of everyday moments- and some more monumental ones as well. (I will note that I don't entirely agree that a bracelet is an "unhealthy" attachment, but that is her life, not mine) Make sure to check it out (Her photography is gorgeous as well.)


  1. I loved that post on Aura Joon. I, too, form crazy connections to inanimate objects. Although, after watching Hoarders, I'm trying to do a better job about getting rid of things that I truly do not need or use. That show messes with my mind.

    And I am in love with your new slides. I would probably do something subpar with them, like hang them on the wall. But you, I know, will do something fantastic with them. It would be awesome if you could do an installation piece IN YOUR HOUSE. Hang them from the ceiling with fishing line/wire with theater lights shining on them... Does any of this make sense?

  2. ooohh..That would be awesome and yes, makes total sense. I am starting to get a few ideas, but hadn't thought of hanging them from the ceiling. I like that:)
    As for Hoarders- that show is pretty sad. I can not believe some of the cases they take- scary what people hold on to over the years.