This is one slide from a set of lantern transformation slides. Lantern transformations were a novel pre-motion picture attempt to create illusions or motion by the use of more than one lantern set so that each lantern is focused on the same spot. Different slides of the series were put into each lantern and then by dimming the light source of one lantern while brightening the light of another the image could be seen to transform from one picture to another. Often these would show a scene with the seasons changing, or a dream sequence, or flowers going from bud to full bloom to withered. This round slide is set into a 7 x 4 inch wooden frame. When viewed from the other side there is a small figure off to the left side of the white area and the sculpture is shown in an off white background. The other side of the slide shows only the white marble sculpture completely surrounded by the opaque hand painted black background. This could be a transitional slide with the small figure off to the left being the middle slide in a series of three slides to complete the transformation. There are no cracks of chips in the glass. The edge of the wooden frame has a paper label that is imprinted with Wilson's Lantern Transformations. There is a hand-written addition on the label that reads Flying Time.
Wilson's Lantern Transformations Flying Time
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