Georges Carette & Co Magic Lantern Set With Original Box and Slides, c.1900.

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A rare Georges Carette & Co Magic Lantern set, complete with its original box and 18 Magic Lantern slides. 

The French manufacturer of tin toys and magic lanterns, Georges Carette learned the secrets of making fancy toy magic lanterns from August Lapierre. After his marriage with a German woman he went to Nuremberg in 1886 where he founded his toy company with the help of a wealthy Bavarian hop merchant. Carette was among the first to produce electric toy tram-cars, along with locomotives, steam engines and other tin toys.

At the outbreak of World War I, Carette left Nuremberg for France, where he sadly died in the 1920s.