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Booklet - Magic Lantern Readings, 'Aladdin and the Magic Lantern', circa 1870-1900 Document Reg. No: ST 042238

Magic lantern readings in the form of a booklet, featuring 'Aladdin and the Magic Lantern. A New Version of an Old Story' for use during a magic lantern presentation. During a presentation, the story was read and slides projected at certain pre-determined times. Instructions as to when to project a slide appear within the text. Originally a set of eight magic lantern slides accompanied the booklet.

The Story is of Aladdin, a likeable larrikin. Outwitting an evil magician Aladdin obtains a magic ring and lamp and through their use wins the princess of Pekin (sic) as his bride. Through subterfuge the evil magician gains the magic lamp and transports both Aladdin's bride and his palace to Africa. The magician is eventually killed and Aladdin and his bride return to China where they live happily ever after.

This booklet is part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus and ephemera, acquired by the Australian and Victorian Governments in 1975. David Francis was the curator of the National Film and Sound Archive of the British Film Institute as well as being a co-founder of the Museum of the Moving Image in London, which was operational between 1988 and 1999.
Paper booklet of fifteen pages with faded blue paper cover.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 212 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: entertainment, lantern slides, magic lanterns, pre-cinema moving images
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Leisure Collection, Francis Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Performing Arts - Magic Lantern Shows
Tertiary Classification: programs
Collector: Mr David Francis, London, Middlesex, England, Great Britain, 1990

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