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from the French artist Benjamin Armand Rabier.


Benjamin Armand Rabier (1869 – 1939) was a French illustrator, comic book artist and animator. He became famous for creating 'La vache qui rit' (the laughing cow) and is one of the precursors of animal comics. His work has inspired many other artists, notably Hergé and Edmond-François Calvo.

Rabier started to work as an illustrator for various newspapers after meeting Caran d'Ache. His first album for children was the story of Tintin Lutin, published in 1887, which told of a young mischievous boy. Here his characters are human and not animals, as they came to be in later albums. His most famous creations are Gideon the Duck and the characters he drew for Le Roman du Renard.
 
Le petit garçon et le grand chapeau (The little boy and the big hat).  A set of 12 transparents from the famous French cartoonist Benjamin Armand Rabier. Sizes of the lantern slide are 3 1/8" x 3 7/8" (8 x 10 cm) and the image sizes are 2 1/2" x 3 1/8" (6.35 x 8 cm). The slides are numbered from 1-12 and the title of the series is written in ink on the front left. The last slide is signed.
 
Un nouvel airoplane (A new airoplane).  Another set of 12 transparents from the famous French cartoonist Benjamin Armand Rabier. Sizes of the lantern slide are 3 1/8" x 3 7/8" (8 x 10 cm) and the image sizes are 2 1/2" x 3 1/8" (6.35 x 8 cm). The slides are numbered from 1-12 and the title of the series is written in ink on the front left. The last slide is signed.
 
Le Ressort de Sommier (The Mattress Spring). Another set of transparents painted by Benjamin Armand Rabier. The title of the set is hand-written on the front of the first slide. As usual the last slide is signed by the artist.


Les suites d'une explosion.



 
Le Corbeau et le Renard (The Raven and the Fox) in a version that is completely different from Aesop's well-known fable. A set of 12 images.
 

 
Les Bottes de Pandore (Pandore's boots)   A set of 12 magic lantern slides. The artist is possible Rabier but this is not sure and it could be another French artist. Sizes of the lantern slide are 3 1/8" x 3 7/8" (8 x 10 cm) and the image sizes are 2 1/2" x 3 1/8" (6.35 x 8 cm).
 
This set of transparencies was certainly drawn by Benjamin Rabier because the last picture has his signature. Les Oies et les Grenouilles, Geese and Frogs.
 


Ma Pipe (My pipe). Incomplete s
et of twelve transparencies, the slides #1 and #2 are absent. c. 1910. Signed by the designer Benjamin Rabier.
 


(also read: Lantern slides and how to make them, part 2)

 
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