Magic Lantern for Kids

Most of the lanterns in this collection were used by people whose job were to entertain and educate the public.  Like modern professional camera equipment, professional magic lanterns and their slides were quite pricy.  However, there were also magic lanterns made for the home.  To maximize profits, sellers not only targeted their sales to parents, but also to children, whose imaginations were very easily perked by the fascinating images displayed at magic lantern shows.  

Magic lanterns for kids often included tickets and handbills to such shows, but also served as educational devices.  Kids' lanterns and their slides were often cheaper than their adult counterparts, which meant that many parents could afford to buy them for their children.  Parents could then buy slides that depicted major historical events, important geographic locations, famous people, or perhaps even vocabulary words to supplement their childrens' learning.