Visions of Early 20th Century Egypt; Through The Magic Lantern

Gorgeous colorised images of 19th Century Egypt.

 

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

 

In 1849, German-born Philadelphia daguerreotypists William and Frederick Langenheim popularised the sciopticon “magic lantern” technology that allowed projected images. Lantern slides were a transparent images on glass plates. With the sciopticon and other devices the image was magnified and projected onto a larger surface.

Prior to 1850, most magic lantern slides were hand-painted on glass, or created using a transfer method to reproduce many copies of a single etching or print. In the middle of the 19th century, however, the development of photographic slides created entirely new uses for the magic lantern, from university lectures to amateur family photo shows.

The brothers toured Egypt. The images they produced are extraordinary:

 

Egypt- Arab porters, Alexandria

Porters, Alexandria

Egypt: Sunset on the Nile. Brooklyn Museum Archives

 

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Egypt: Arab water-carrier girls. Brooklyn Museum Archives

 

 

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

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William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt

Street in Native Quarter, Cairo

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Aloe Plant, Esbekiyeh Place, Cairo.

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Camels en route to Sakkara.

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849 William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Fellahin in the Fields, Cairo.

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849 William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849 William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849 William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Bisharin Man, Assuan.

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Donkey Market, Gizeh.

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Egyptian Children, Ramleh.

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Group of Camels, Cairo.

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Bedouins Pasturing Camels, Abusir.

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Egypt – Rear view of Temple, Denderah

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Abu Simbel. Looking Southward

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

“Views, Objects: Egypt. Abu Simbel. View 07: Egypt – The Nile from Abu Simbel.”. Lantern slide, 3.25 x 4 in (8.25 x 10 cm). Brooklyn Museum, lantern slides

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Abu Simbel. Temple of Ramses II. View from the Nile.

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Great Temple, Interior, Abu Simbel.

William and Frederick Langenheim. Egypt. 1849

Via: Brooklyn Museum

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