Magic Lantern

Title

Magic Lantern

Subject

Equipment

Description

An early method of projection, this magic lantern was produced by the optician Benjamin Pike Jr. of New York City in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Benjamin Pike, Jr. was born in New York City in 1809 and died near Astoria, Long Island in 1864. He was the eldest son of Benjamin Pike, Sr., optician. From 1831-1841 New York City directories list Benjamin Pike & Son, (Benjamin Sr. and Benjamin Jr.) opticians, 12 Wall, 166 Broadway. From 1841-1843, Benjamin Pike & Sons (Benjamin Sr., Benjamin Jr., and Daniel) 166 Broadway.

Creator

Benjamin Pike Jr.

Date

1831-1864

Format

16 x 6 1/2 x 11 inches; 40.6 x 16.5 x 27.9 cm

Identifier

HC 2033

Files

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Citation

Benjamin Pike Jr., “Magic Lantern,” Selections from the Hampshire College Archives, accessed October 19, 2017, http://hampshirearchives.omeka.net/items/show/2961.