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Lantern Slide - Rackwork Type, Chromatrope, post 1845 Image Reg. No: MM 037435

Chromatrope lantern slide with circular blue and yellow kaleidoscope pattern.

Developed in the 1840s chromatropes are mechanical slides that create a similar effect to a kaleidoscope. An external handle attached to the slide connects to internal moving parts designed to rotate coloured or decorated glass discs. This then creates colourful patterns or scenes that move when lit from behind by a magic lantern. The patterns can then be enlarged and projected onto a wall.
Double rackwork slide, two glass discs in solid wooden mount, held by brass sleeve screwed to each side of mount. Hand painted over printed outline.
Description Of Content:
Chromatrope kaleidoscope pattern.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 112 mm (Height), 173 mm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: lantern slides
Themes this item is part of: Francis Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Amusements
Tertiary Classification: optical devices
Inscriptions: Written in ink on label on edge of mount: 'Chromatrope'
Format: Lantern Slide - Rackwork Type: Hand Coloured; Wooden Framed - Single Image
Date Made: 1845 or later

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