Lost Cornwall from Magic Lantern Slides

Author(s): Malcolm McCarthy 

ISBN: 9781781552902
£11.89 £16.99

A beautiful production of fascinating images of bygone Cornwall taken from glass magic lantern slides.
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  • Foreword by Rick Stein

  • High-quality images on superb quality paper

  • Many previously unpublished images

  • Wonderful underground mining scenes by Burrows

Lost Cornwall from Magic Lantern Slides is gloriously and profusely illustrated with nearly 300 quality illustrations of a bygone Cornwall. The book transports the reader back to a nostalgic past as well as documenting the hard work and play of locals. The original photographs are positives printed on glass plates of subjects varying from men at work in tin mines to chocolate box images of harbour life.

Many photographs would have been available commercially while others were taken by private individuals for lectures at local social evenings. The reader will find the variety of subjects covered fascinating and the logistical difficulties of cumbersome and technically difficult equipment is discussed in detail.

A must read for anyone interested in magic lantern slides or the photographic history of Cornwall.

BOOK ISBN 9781781552902
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 176 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 286 black-and-white photographs



A proud Padstonian and Cornishman, Malcolm McCarthy was born in Redruth in 1957. After finishing sixth form, he joined the Metropolitan Police in which he served for twelve years, ten of which were on the Thames Division. Returning to Padstow, he worked as a berthing master for 20 years. Retiring in 1998, he has concentrated on transcribing his vast Cornish document collection, which can be viewed at www.cherishedcollection.com. McCarthy has to date written About Padstow, Around Padstow, Padstow Through Time and Padstow History Tour.