Lantern Slide Page

Above: lithograph slide by Primus  and an original Primus slide box


Slide Identification

There were 4 main ways of creating images on glass :-

1) Hand Painted
2) Lithographic
3) Photographic (black & white)
4) Tinted Photo

Slide Sizes

1) Small strips of glass less than 3 inches wide bound with red or green paper were usually slides from a child's toy lantern.
2) Long narrow panoramic slides bound in mahogany frames are usually early slides these are often crudely painted.
3) Three and a quarter inches square. This was the standard size for British lantern slides.
4) Four inches long by three and a quarter inches wide. This size was the standard European and American format
5) Kinetic slides which produce moving pictures vary widely in size and complexity