Contributions to the 6th AICCM Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium. 17-19th November 2010, Melbourne. p24-27
The lantern slide was adopted for use in the cinema for many purposes from advertising to part of the entertainment, and became a feature in all cinemas for most of the 20th century. Known by the motion picture film industry as a cinema slide the physical characteristics are very similar to the traditional lantern slide. A cinema slide is a layered structure consisting of a glass support, processed photographic emulsion or screen printed image, a cardboard mask and a protective cover glass. The layers are held together using a glued fabric tape. The image may be tinted, toned as well as hand coloured using a variety of colourants. Consequently, a cinema slide contains many diverse materials each requiring individual consideration in approaching the preservation of the object. This paper outlines the approach the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra (NFSA) uses for the preservation of cinema slides from initial examination to access.