MAGIC LANTERN SLIDE OF GETTYSBURG SHARPSHOOTER

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Item Code: 1054-1139

This is a glass slide featuring the famous image of a dead Confederate soldier at Devil’s Den on the Gettysburg battlefield. Printed paper label with ink inscription, “No. 1059  Gettysburg Sharpshooter, Gettysburg (Never buried). CHARLES F. ADAMS, State Normal School, Worcester, Mass.” Small piece of glass missing in corner on one side. Very fine condition overall.

The magic lantern was an early type of image projector employing painted pictures or photographs on sheets of glass, a lens, and a bright light source. It was mostly developed in the 17th century and commonly used for entertainment purposes. It was increasingly applied to educational purposes during the 1800s and was in wide use until the mid-20th century, when a smaller-format version for photographs on film, marketed and commonly known as a slide projector, superseded it.  [jet] [ph:L]

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