History of the Lantern Slide
  • History from Library of Congress

Making a Lantern Slide

Lantern Slide Related Collections and Information
(see transparency, gelatin on glass)
Illustrated History of the Missouri Botanical Gardens

Decline of The Lantern Slide
Use of lantern slides lasted throughout the
remainder of the nineteenth century and until the 1950s when their
popularity began to decline with the introduction of the smaller 2x2
transparencies. Finally, the discovery of the
Kodachrome three-color process made 35mm slides less expensive to
produce than lantern slides. Although their production ended over 40
years ago, many academic slide collections still house and use glass
slides. In some cases, the views that they represent are either
drastically changed or no longer exist and thus they are invaluable
images of the world during the nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries.