The vast majority of commercial lantern slides were black-and-white positive images, created with the wet collodion or a dry gelatine process. Slide lantern photographers made either “contact” or “reduction” prints. Contact prints were made by placing a negative over a piece of light-sensitive lantern glass and then developing the image by exposure under controlled light. For a reduction print, the photographer often affixed the negative to a window with a clear view, and photographed the illuminated negative directly onto the light-senstive lantern glass with a camera. After the completion of the photographic process, slide makers often affixed a paper border to the lantern glass, covered it with a clear piece of protective glass, and then bound the glass “sandwich” together with tape. The paper borders often bore printed identification of the commercial studio. Less frequently, manufacturers employed professional colorists to apply pigment washes to the lantern glass image prior to labeling and binding.
Lantern slide showing a partially clothed Zulu woman.
Lantern slide showing the pavilion / lodge at Firth Park in Sheffield, England. A Grade II listed building.
Lantern slide showing four women and a girl sitting outdoors.
Lantern slide showing three adults and two children sitting amongst ruins.
Lantern lside showing a Zulu Warrior and his wife.
Lantern slide showing a young Zulu woman.
Lantern slide showing an ice cream cart with man and children on a cobbled street.
Lantern slide showing an ice cream cart with man on a cobbled street.
Lantern slide showing a boy and a girl amongst ferns.
Lantern slide showing a woman sitting outdoors in front of a window.
Lantern slide whowing the remains of a Pillar.
Colour lantern slide showing an illustration of God Save the Queen.
Lantern slide showing a view Birch and Bracken.
Lantern slide showing a group of people posing outdoors in fron of a window. Adults and children some seated. Labelled Lord Street Blackpool, Group, July 1910.
Lantern slide showing three children and a man looking at swans at Whiteley Woods, Sheffield, England.
Lantern slide showing Birch and Bracken in Tinsley Park Woods, Sheffield, England.
Lantern slide showing a walkway through trees.
Lantern slide showing adults and children in a park at waters edge. Labelled Hillsborough.
Lantern slide showing a three legged birch in Tinsley Park Woods, Sheffield, England.
Lantern slide showing a dog sitting against a brick wall. Labelled "Ventnor" Fox hound sold for 120 Guinees. Name changed o Volatile. Photographed by F.J.Liversidge