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History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences - Vol. 35, no. 3 (2013)
Article

Oliver Gaycken, “The Living Picture”: On the Circulation of Microscope-Slide Knowledge in 1903


Abstract

Microscope slides allowed preparations to circulate among scientific and educational contexts. An extension of the circulation of microscope slides was how they became part of lantern exhibition culture. This article considers an early example of the adoption of microscope lantern show conventions by another medium, the cinema. F. Martin Duncan, who was employed by Charles Urban to produce a series of popular-science films beginning in 1903, brought his experience with microphotography to bear on the challenge of adapting cinema to the purpose of public instruction. Duncan’s first series of films, entitled “The Unseen World,” demonstrated both profound links to the display tradition of the lantern lecture as well as the transformation of that tradition by the cinema’s representational possibilities.


Keywords

Charles Urban, F. Martin Duncan, microcinematography, “The Unseen World,” lantern lecture, education


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