Probably foreigners will need a long time to pronounce the
name correctly :-)
Click on the image above to hear the pronunciation of 'de Luikerwaal'
on every browser available).
A Luikerwaal? I'll try to
In the beginning magic
lanterns were mostly used by scientists, but soon various people realised that it was a
good business and took advantage of it. For instance the 'Luikerwalen',
people originating from Wallonia, Belgium (Luik + Wallonië = Luikerwaal).
Catching and killing rats had been their main activity, but when the government
had prohibited them to carry the dangerous rat-poison throughout the country,
they had to find a new source of income. They started travelling all over the
country to give magic lantern shows on fairs, pubs, weddings and so on. The
magic lantern and accompanying slides they carried on their backs, were built by
themselves in most cases.
The image of the wandering lanternist that many years later in a slightly
adapted version should serve as a logo for the website 'de Luikerwaal' was
originally published in black and white as frontispiece of the book 'D'apres Nature' (From Nature) by
Paul Gavarni (ca 1840).
Paul Gavarni was the pseudonym
of Sulpice Guillaume Chevalier (1804–1866), a French caricaturist, born in
Paris. He began life as an engineer's draughtsman, but soon turned his attention
to his proper vocation as a cartoonist.