Architectural Lantern Slides

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The University of Notre Dame’s Architecture Library holds a set of about 4,500 “lantern slides” produced by the French company G. Massiot & cie. The collection is undated, but the photographs appear to have been taken between approximately 1870 and 1914, primarily between 1890 and 1910. Lantern slides were most popular, and often sold as pedagogical sets, in the early decades of the 20th century.

European architecture, with approximately 2,900 of the photographs, is the primary focus of the collection. Most come from France (~1,000) and Italy (~800); other countries are represented, but in significantly lower numbers. Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas combined are pictured in fewer than 500 slides. The remaining ~1,200 photographs represent paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.

In 2007, the slides were cleaned and transferred to archivally-sound storage boxes. A selection of about 2,700 were scanned as 4800 DPI TIFFs, and lower-resolution versions were loaded into a Flickr collection. An image cataloger was hired to prepare records for each.

Although detailed and modern images of many of these sites exist, the lantern slides present an historical look at the sites, including many bystanders and artifacts which were intentionally or unintentionally a part of the image. The Egyptian set includes images of workmen and bearers, in attire of the period and using tools of the time. Many European images include photographs of persons in attire of the period. Means of conveyance from ox- or horse-drawn wagon to automobiles and streetcars are in the background of some images. The lantern slides may therefore be of interest to a wider audience than architecture historians and students.

Arrangement: The slides are arranged into country-level sub-collections based on notes taken from the original lantern slides. Because these images were created during the late 19th and early 20th century, the names of these countries reflects the countries and occupied colonial territories of the time. Collections include information about the 2017 name of the country as well as older place names. Images themselves generally have more modern location data, often including latitude and longitude, included.

Creator

G. Massiot & cie

Curator

Marsha Stevenson

Subject

Architecture

Related Resource(s)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ndalls/sets/72157605061425911/

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    Lantern slides created in Mexico during the late 19th or early 20th century. Image subjects include primarily ruined or preserved Mayan sites including temples and palaces. These lantern slides were intended for use in architectural pedagogy.

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    Lantern slides created in the Russian Empire during the late 19th or early 20th century. Image subjects include cathedrals, churches, museums, and palaces. These lantern slides were intended for use in architectural pedagogy. Regions included in this collection comprise the present-day states of Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia.

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    Lantern slides created in Spain during the late 19th or early 20th century. Image subjects include cathedrals, churches, monasteries, mosques, palaces, public buildings, and tombs. These lantern slides were intended for use in architectural pedagogy.

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    Lantern slides created in the Netherlands during the late 19th or early 20th century. Image subjects include cathedrals, churches, marketplaces, public buildings, and windmills. These lantern slides were intended for use in architectural pedagogy. Some images include people and fashions of the time.

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    Lantern slides created in Portugal during the late 19th or early 20th century. Image subjects include basilicas, cathedrals, churches, and monasteries. These lantern slides were intended for use in architectural pedagogy.

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    Lantern slides created in Myanmar under its British colonial occupation during the late 19th or early 20th century. Image subject include Buddhist sculpture and pagodas. These lantern slides were intended for use in architectural pedagogy.

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    Lantern slides created in Peru during the late 19th or early 20th century. Image subjects include churches and cathedrals. These lantern slides were intended for use in architectural pedagogy. Some images include persons and fashions of the time.

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    Lantern slides created in Thailand during the late 19th or early 20th century. Image subjects include palaces, pagodas, and a saddle. These lantern slides were intended for use in architectural pedagogy.

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    Lantern slide created in Panama during the late 19th or early 20th century, possibly during its time as part of the Republic of Colombia. Image is a cathedral. These lantern slides were intended for use in architectural pedagogy.

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    Lantern slides created in Paraguay during the late 19th or early 20th century. Image subject is a church and includes several persons. These lantern slides were intended for use in architectural pedagogy.

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    Lantern slides created in the United Kingdom during the late 19th or early 20th century. Image subjects include castles, churches, cathedrals, colleges, prisons, public buildings, and public squares. These lantern slides were intended for use in architectural pedagogy. Some images include persons and fashions of the time.

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    Lantern slides created in Switzerland during the late 19th or early 20th century. Image subjects include castles, churches, cathedrals, and public buildings. These lantern slides were intended for use in architectural pedagogy. Some images include people and fashions of the time.

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