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The Lucerna database currently contains records for:

  • 9,734 slide sets comprising over 279,900 slides...

  • ... of which 136,768 individual slides have been listed – including 34,498 with images

  • 5,214 people connected with the magic lantern

  • 1,684 organisations (companies, institutions and other groups) connected with the magic lantern

  • 6,532 lantern-related events (shows, exhibitions, historical events etc.)

  • 10,099 locations (cities and towns, villages, individual addresses)

  • 174 items of lantern hardware and other artefacts

  • private and public collections of magic lantern material

  • 10,241 texts connected with the magic lantern

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DISCLAIMER: A small proportion of records in the Lucerna database contain words or images that may be racially or otherwise offensive. They are included here as historical reproductions from a different period with different standards, and do not indicate any support or approval of such attitudes by Lucerna or any associated institutions.

Slide showing express train
Slide showing express train

Alexander Gunn in 1900
Alexander Gunn in 1900