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There's Music in the Air

Magic lantern slides depicting music, musicians,
and musical instruments.
A great opening slide for our Musical Magic Lantern Show. A gipsy girl dancing with a tambourine gives you a hearty welcome. This motto slide is 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" (8.2 x 8.2 cm).

Motto slides are slides carrying small texts, mostly related to the presentation of the show, like 'Welcome', 'Silence', Good Night', and so on.



In einer Dorfschule - In a village school. Panoramic slide showing a batch of children that attend classical music lessons in school.
Slide made by Ernst Plank (E.P.) Germany, Serie II.

Another E.P. slide. Nice group of children that have another interpretation of the concept of 'music'.

And on their way back the group of children was considerably on the increase. E.P.-slide, 22 x 7 cm.

Standard American 3.25" x 4" (8.2 x 4 cm) glass magic lantern slide. Nice caricatures of a flute player, a piccolo player, a trumpet player, and a tuba player, standing on a cobblestone street. The paper label states: "K No. 1 -- Dot Leedle German Band."

"Dot Leedle" is not the name of the band-leader. It is a dialect rendering of "That Little," as it would be spoken in English by someone with a German accent.

Beautiful hand painted magic lantern slide titled "Grandmother's Dancing Lesson". Measures 3 1/4 by 4 inches (8.2 x 4 cm). Not any musical instrument to be seen on this slide but when you look at the picture you actually hear the matching music play.

(I hear one of Mozarts Minuets when looking at this picture)

'Fiddler and Monkey', dual-movement magic lantern slide.
Charming scene of a group of villagers gathered to watch a fiddler and his dancing monkey. The fiddler's arm and bow is moved by a brass lever while the monkey moves on a pivoting glass plate.
The wooden frame of his hand painted late 19th century sample measures 7 x 4 1/2 inches (18 x 11.5 cm).

Glass strip showing various musicians. Measures 5 3/4" x 1 1/2" (14.5 x 4 cm). Numbered '11'.

Coster and Concertina.

Simple single slipping slide measuring 180 x 18 cm (4 x 7 inches).

Nice slipping slide of man beating a drum mounted in a mahogany frame. It is made by C. Wright of Edinburgh.
Three of a set of twelve square 3.25" (8.2 cm) magic lantern slides depicting the famous fairy tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Hand painted.
Single slipping slide. When the moving glass is shifted to and fro some of the flutist's fingers are covered up. This suggests the man is playing a song for us.

One slide of a set of four early 19th century lantern slides. The four slides are  illustrating the John Howard Payne poem, "Home Sweet Home", "Be it ever so humble there's no place like home."

Framed in mahogany, these slides are completely hand painted and retain their original labels with partial text of the poem. Also bear original stamp from TH McAllister, Optician, NY. c. 1870. Size 7 x 4 x 3/8" (18 x 10 x 1 cm)  Glass: 3" (7.6 cm) diameter.
Playing music does not always work out as perfect as shown on the slide above. Sometimes real accidents happen.

Christies Old Organ. Three beautiful slides from a series of 28 square 'Life Model slides'. It tells the sad story of a young boy who comes across the old organ grinder Old Treffy who is ill and chilled with the cold. He takes the organ from him to earn some money for the poor man. He meets a girl called Mabel who becomes his friend. Having earned enough money they bring a doctor to see Old Treffy but it's too late; the old man dies.
See: Christie's old Organ. Some Life Model slide sets after the book of Mrs O.F. Walton.


Fantastic single slipping slide in a mahogany frame. When the moving glass is shifted, the pianist appears to be playing the piano. Measures 17.5 x 10 cm.

Long magic lantern slide picturing four talented musicians.

(above) Single slipping glass mechanical magic lantern slide depicting a conductor who beats the time by moving his arm and leg. Measures c. 18 x 10 cm.

(right) Superb hand-painted lever action Magic Lantern slide in mahogany frame showing a man sitting on a wall playing a mandolin with Venice in the background.
Size : about 7 inches x 4 inches.
Moving the lever makes the man strum the mandolin. (picture not animated)

The Quartette Party.
Comic set of nine square magic lantern slides made by York & Son, England.

The indispensible Handbook to the Optical Lantern. London 1888.
1. Here is one who was very well known. 2. I'm a Genius! a Star! 3. Here's Charley Crotchet and Simmy Breeves.
4. The Quartette is arranged. 5. The complications begin. 6. When, grab! a rough hand seizes hold of his hair.
Unfortunately slide # 9 is missing.
7. Each starts from his chair.
8. A tempest of discord now reigns.
9. In the end poor Piper was left on the floor.

Lady playing the piano by moving her hands up and down. She accompanies two singers and also sings along herself.
Lever slide, dimensions approx. 14 x 8.5 cm.



Long magic lantern slide depicting some travelling musicians.

The end of our Musical Magic Lantern Show is announced by a colourful dressed herald with the text 'Adieu'. Farewell, Lebewohl, Vaarwel, Adíos.
Single slipping motto slide in a wooden frame, 18 x 10 cm.

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