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Slide Carrier - Beard's Universal Self-Centring, 'Eclipse', Single Lantern, circa 1886 Object Reg. No: HT 3782

Wooden "Eclipse" Slide Carrier manufactured by R.R. Beard, patented in 1886.

By the 1880s, lantern slides in the standard 3¼ x3¼ inch format were often produced without the older style wooden frames, using two sheets of square glass sealed around the edges with gummed paper binding tape. These glass slides had to be placed in a slide holder t to enable the projectionist to move them in and out of the projector. This style of slide carrier has a device that automatically centred the slide making the projectionist's work much easier.

With early slide changers, the projectionist had to lean over the lantern to remove used slides from the carrier. Later models returned the used slides to the projectionist' side, where they could easily be removed. The innovative 'Eclipse' design slide changer from R.R. Beard, of Fort Road, Bermondsey, England, was patented in 1886. Each slide could be pushed in front of the previous one before the latter was removed. This meant the slide was out of focus for a short while for the duration of the slide changeover.

The carrier also allowed a 'dissolving' effect to be produced with just one lantern.

This slide carrier 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.
Wooden slide changer with brass fittings. It has two long strips of wood forming the framework, with two shorter pieces added perpendicularly to form a square in the centre, where slide is to sit. The longer arm forming the top of the frame has a strip of rubber attached to the top, the bottom one has a "runner" to which slides are added and moved through the lantern projector. It has an ivory emblem attached.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 11.8 cm (Height), 2.2 cm (Width), 33.7 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: rrbeard carrier, lantern slides, lantern projectors
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Francis Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: PHOTOGRAPHY
Secondary Classification: Image Viewing Equipment
Tertiary Classification: lantern projectors
Inscriptions: Ivory emblem:


Stamped on runner:

Manufacturer: Beard, Bermondsey, England, Great Britain, 1886
Collector: Mr David Francis, London, Middlesex, England, Great Britain, 1990
References: http://www.luikerwaal.com/newframe_uk.htm?/filmstrip_uk.htm - accessed 22 September 2008

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