Antique French Film Projector 9.5mm Lapierre Cinema. Made in 1911

Living in Paris in 1843, was a French tinsmith named Auguste Lapierre.

Lapierre’s basic model magic lantern was just a tin box, containing a holder for a candle and fitted with a concave mirror and lens. Coloured glass slide strips completed the outfit.

By 1880 Lapierre had a factory producing a range of tin-plate and bronze magic lanterns, thousands of which found their way into middle class English boys’ Christmas stockings. The Lapierre company (later to trade as Lapierre-Cinema) had arrived!

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