Some pieces make your heart skip a beat - and this magic lantern is definitely one of them.
Around 1918/1919, Etablissement Tiranty in Paris makes a brand new projection lantern, called the 'Magic Lantern'. The idea is that this 'elegant piece' needs to be able to be in a living room, low volume and easy to transport. It is also one of the first suited to electric lighting.
We bought one of these unique 'Gnome 1' magic lanterns from a family collection. And in addition to that, we found glass slides on an American auction depicting historical Dutch places like Rotterdam before the second world war, showing even the canals.
The construction company, Tiranty, was situated on the Rue La Fayette in Paris. To demonstrate the qualities of its projector, Etablissement Tiranty organized free screening sessions every day. In 1927, the price of a projector like this was 310 francs, quite a big number for those days.
We have the Magic Lantern and about 200 colored glass slides with stories, like Puss in Boots and the Precocious Pigs, slides from Sumatra and the slides with historical Dutch places, for sale.