Building the Moon

25 11 2014
Black and white photo of jagged landscape features

Unidentified, possibly an early model of supposed lunar surface, c. 1900-25. Image courtesy: State Library of Victoria

I discovered this intriguing photograph while doing an image search for work. According to the catalogue entry at the State Library of Victoria, this may an imagined view of the Moon’s surface. Believable, with those craters and craggy mountains. But for what purpose? The image comes from a lantern slide, making me think that it’s likely a photograph of a stage or movie set. Does anyone recognize the scene?