Treasures of pre-cinema history
The magic lantern
Slides for export
John Scott sold magic lanterns from Fürth (Bavaria) in his London toy shop founded in 1790. In 1806 the Napoleonic Blockade interrupted the trade. After the end of the blockade in 1814, deliveries from Fürth with magic lanterns and slides to English dealers and scientific instrument makers were resumed. Scott had created a demand for philosophical toys including the magic lantern, which, although he closed his shop in 1806, was taken up by other traders.
Active from 1795 to 1830 (from 1825 as Bancks and Son). Robert Banks operated a workshop for scientific instruments in London. From 1795 till 1805 at 440 Strand, later till 1830 at 441 Strand, London. Very likely Banks sold not only the slides, but also magic lanterns from workshops in Bavaria.
Active from 1790 to 1825
Active from 1802 to 1854 (1826 to 1854 at 24 Coventry Street, London)
William Harris (1781-1841). Manufacturer of Optical, Mathematical and Philosophical instruments. Active from 1805 to 1855