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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas & New Year MAGIC LANTERN Postcards

I have just four of these projector (or 'magic lantern') postcards with partial embossing and silver backgrounds.  One of my favorite series, they are difficult to find, but well worth the search.   These postcards are the result of my more than 35 years of collecting!

Each postcard has embossed holly and an embossed projector with what appears to be a screen embossed in the silver background.  The colorful projected images are flat.  All the postcards have divided backs. 

As you can see, three of these are Christmas images and the last one is a New Year Greetings postcard.  The pretty little girl in pink below resembles the artwork of Frances Brundage but is unsigned - it may be a pirated image.  There's no publisher's logo on the back of any of these, simply the words Post Card at the top center.  If you would like to learn more about the history of Magic Lanterns, forerunners of modern projectors, the Magic Lantern societies of the United Kingdom and U.S./Canada have informative sites with photographs at: 
http://www.magiclantern.org.uk/index.php and http://www.magiclanternsociety.org/

Thanks for looking, and many thanks for sharing your always-welcome comments - Best wishes for a healthy, happy 2016 from Toni in Florida


  1. WOW! I've collected Holiday cards for 20 years, but never saw any of these.

  2. I think they're very hard to find - I keep looking but haven't seen any for a long time.