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The Lucerna database currently contains records for:

  • 9,799 slide sets comprising over 283,200 slides...

  • ... of which 140,120 individual slides have been listed – including 36,697 with images

  • 5,225 people connected with the magic lantern

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  • 174 items of lantern hardware and other artefacts

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Slide illustrating comic story
Slide illustrating comic story

Christiaan Huygens in 1671
Christiaan Huygens in 1671