Projector - Gebrüder Bing, Magic Lantern, Toy, 1906-1921 Object Reg. No: ST 028739

Children's toy magic lantern projector, designed for domestic use with miniature glass slides. The illuminant could possibly be a candle or a paraffin or similar burner. This lantern projector would originally have been part of a box set, which would also have included a number of slides.

This toy magic lantern was manufactured by the German company of Gebruder Bing for J & A Boyes, who were ironmongers situated at 241 and 243 Elizabeth Street in Melbourne, Victoria. Newspaper advertising show them operating from at least 1893. In October of 1921 the entire stock of the store was auctioned off due to the retirement of the Boyes.

While the invention of the magic lantern is generally seen to be in the 17th century, its greatest popularity as an optical projector spans the late 18th Century to the early decades of the 20th Century. It was used both as a means of entertainment and education.
Barrel shaped toy lantern of red enamelled metal. Body has gilt enamel band decoration. Has removable nude metal chimney with elbow. Removable two part nude metal lens barrel with brass ending. Bottom-hinged circular back door into illumination chamber. Lantern body fixed to rectangular wooden base.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from D. Northmore, 1973
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 205 mm (Height), 60 mm (Width), 190 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: toys, projectors, magic lanterns
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: PHOTOGRAPHY
Secondary Classification: Image Viewing Equipment
Tertiary Classification: slide projectors
Inscriptions: Stamped on the back door: "J. & A. BOYES, MELBOURNE".
Maker's Logo on front foot: 'GB/N'
Manufacturer: Gebrüder Bing, Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany, 1906-1921

The earliest date was the commencement of the company's use of this format of logo.
Manufactured For: J.& A. Boyes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1906-1920
References: South Australian Register, Tuesday 25 April 1893, p7.
Alexandra and Yea Standard, Friday 21 December 1906, p 25.
Kilmore Free Press, Thursday 8 July 1920, p 3.
The Argus, Saturday 22 October 1921, p 20.

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