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Slide, Magic Lantern
Slide, Magic Lantern
Resource Typeimage
TitleSlide, Magic Lantern
Coverage / Year1850 to 1900
DescriptionRectangular glass slide with five handpainted figures, all of them appear to be Asian men. A man in the center wears a flat straw hat and holds a sword. On either side of him are men captured in portable stocks who are being dragged or led by a rope. The men who hold the rope are also whipping them, or threatening to whip them.
InterpretationMagic Lanterns were projectors which made a small, handpainted image project on a large screen. Shows were held in theatres; children had toy magic lanterns as well. From this we can see that American and British ideas about Asian men were not very accurate in the 19th century. They appear to depict some sort of torture, or imprisonment.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Communities in History; Communities and Geography; How we learn about communities; Inventions Multimedia Time Line; School Museum; Introduction of artifacts as a primary source; What's That Relic?
Learning Standards16 History; 18 Social Systems; 13 Science, Technology and Society;
Author or CreatorUnknown
Subject / KeywordsUnited States; Glass slide; Magic lantern; Lantern slide; Slide transparency; Lanterns; Entertainment; Toys; Toy
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum;
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Rights Management Statement
Resource Identifier1968.001.1312d
CONTENTdm file name9337192422004_68.1.1312d.jpg
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