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. There is a wonderful bouquet in a vase in the center of the circular hand-colored sealed glass slide. The glass is intact without chips or cracks. The long edge of the slide has a partial paper label that says "Dissolving Views The Magic Bouquet, Buds" This is likely the first slide of the transformation set with a full bloom bouquet and possibly even a third bouquet with withered blossoms making up the slide set. The edge of the frame is imprinted with "T. H. McAllister Optician, N.Y." McAllister was noteworthy for the production of many transformation slide sets or, as McAllister called them, Dissolving Views.
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