A.C. Kendig, Photographer. Continues to take all Sizes and Styles of pictures at his old stand—sunshine or cloudy weather, and aims as heretofore to please his patrons, and flatters himself to give general satisfaction, not only in artistic skill, but also in enlarging pictures and coloring in India ink at reasonable prices. Landscape vires, Houses, &c (sic), taken in town or country at short notice.
By 1898, A.C. Kendig began producing “stereopticon exhibitions” or “magic lantern shows,” which were essentially traveling slideshows of images projected on a canvas for a wider audience. These programs, designed to be both educational and entertaining, were typically offered in public spaces and included live music, live changing images on a canvas screen, and live narration with the program.
Often these images were layered as to produce a dissolved image effect. These were the early precursors to moving pictures and audiences marveled at being transported to a variety of times and places.
Author: Jeanne Schultz Angel, Jeanne is the Associate Vice President of Naper Settlement and an Illinois Humanities Road Scholar. Jeanne is also the current President of the Illinois Association of Museums and the Coalition of State Museum Associations Foundation.