406 Projector
Inventor Unknown 17th century
Murdoch’s Projector is based on the British and Scientific lanterns, also known as a "magic lantern”. The magic lantern or Laterna Magica is an early type of image projector developed in the 17th century.


Ten years after the invention of photography, Lantern slides were introduced in 1849 by which transparent images on glass that could be projected.  These slides were large (3 ½” x 4”) and fragile. This new technology expanded the use of photography, making photographic images available to a larger audience for education and entertainment.

The magic lantern is not only a direct ancestor of the motion picture projector, but it could be used to project moving images, which was achieved by the use of various types of mechanical slides.

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