Memories of a Lost World
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In its heyday in the late 19th century, the magic lantern show was a hugely popular spectacle, designed to both educate and entertain and, in particular, to satisfy curiosity about distant lands. This remarkable collection is drawn from those geographical slide shows. Dating from the 1870s to the 1930s, the 674 photographs cover every continent and recover lost worlds such that of late 19th century Mandarin bureaucrats, cowboys in Montana in 1900 or the Nile annual inundation in the 1890s.