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    A Day and Night in a Volcano (Unknown, 1891). Poster (21.5" X 27.5").
    Long before Hawaii had American military bases, Don Ho, Hawaii 5-0, and hordes of tourists to dilute its rich Polynesian culture, the "Sandwich Isles" had Herbert Stanley Renton, 1890s "magic lantern" extraordinaire to enlighten and delight audiences on the merits of the storied island paradise. Used by magicians, but also to project moving images for entertainment and something of a precursor to film, Renton produced his "dissolving views" show by the use of a lantern with two or more lenses, or a pair of lanterns. Two or more slides could be projected in such a way as to dissolve seamlessly from one picture into another, producing effects such as day into night or the changing seasons. At the time this lantern show was produced, Renton captured a Hawaii still under the royal rule of Queen Kapi'olani, an island Eden of clambakes, erupting volcanoes, bountiful fruits, chieftains, tropical flora and fauna, and even early native "surf riders". A beautiful, one-of-a-kind poster from a unique form of entertainment of a bygone era. Very small imperfections have been addressed with professional restoration and include: tears in the borders, with one that goes slightly into the artwork at the top, and a bottom right and top left corner chip. Very Fine- on Linen.


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    November, 2011
    18th-19th Friday-Saturday
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