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Univ of Exeter
This database will appeal to everyone interested in the history and study of leisure and entertainment, film and popular media.
It explores the pivotal era in Victorian and Edwardian entertainment history when previously static images came to life and moved for the first time. It covers many topics, including:
- early optical entertainment such as magic lantern shows, peepshows, optical illusions, metamorphic images, image projection, toys and techniques, etc
- a virtual exhibition of Optical Delights
- panoramas and dioramas, with programmes, souvenirs, toy panoramas and protean views
- early photography
- early motion pictures, the emerging film industry and early film stars
- video clips of original footage between 1894-1926, from the BFI National Archive
Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema forms part of the Victorian Popular Culture portal which facilitates comparative research on the rich variety of popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe, between 1779-1930.