We came across one glass lantern slide made by Louis C. Bennett, Lantern Slide Manufacturer at 69 Centre St., NY. The slide is not a photograph, but a painting. The artwork depicts a group of Victorian Era men and woman seated around a long table at a restaurant. This slide may be a photograph of a painting because it does not appear to have paint applied to the glass.
While Louis C. Bennett is a well-known manufacturer of lantern slides, we could not find any information on this particular slide or similar.
About Lantern Slides
The lantern slide originated in the 17th century to be used in “magic lanterns.” Magic lanterns were used by storytellers to project images for an audience while they told stories about the images. In the 1850’s manufacturers began printing positive photographic images onto glass. Americans then developed a technique of creating a master drawing, photographing it, and then printing it on lantern slides.