This included a magic lantern show, where I was given the task of lanternist
's assistant and greatly enjoyed pulling levers and turning handles to animate some of the mechanical slides that were featured.
Brown observes that while Milton remained part of the repertoire of lanternists
, Miltonic appropriations became increasingly recontextualized, which prefigured similar mixed appropriations of Milton on film.
may have appeared to old-style lanternists
as taking a step back into the past.
He also had several skilled lanternists
who could provide a complete show on request, for private parties, parish concerts, and school events (Thomson 7).
Today there are a growing number of collectors (known as 'Magic Lanternists
' by the Collectors' Society) who have become captivated by these unique snapshots of the past.