Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2011
    18th-19th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,530

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 March 27 - 28 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Grey is a true asset to Heritage Auctions and Heritage Auctions are a true asset to the Movie Poster Hobby.
    Jim G.,
    Ray, MI
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Auction #162048 spotlights

    Invaders from Mars (20th Century Fox, 1953). Folded, Fine+. One Sheet

    The Lady Eve (Paramount, 1941). Fine+. Lobby Cards (2)

    Goldfinger (United Artists, 1964). Folded, Fine-. One Sheet

    My Fair Lady (Warner Bros., 1964). Folded, Very Fine. One Sheet

    Overland Stage Raiders (Republic, 1938). Fine/Very Fine on Linen. One Sheet

    To Kill a Mockingbird (Universal, 1963). Folded, Fine/Very Fine. One Sheet

    North by Northwest (MGM, 1959). Rolled, Very Fine+. Belgian

    Adam's Rib (MGM, 1949). Folded, Fine+. Half Sheet

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search