If you’ve been looking to do some research by digging through early issue of such notable film publications like Variety, the Hollywood Reporter or Photoplay, you’re in luck. The holdings that are part of the Media History Digital Library are now available to be searched online through a new project called Lantern.
In addition to the publications named above, the database also includes issues of Moving Picture World, Picture Play, Film Daily, Hollywood Filmograph, Movie Classic and numerous fan magazines, all available to search and view as images and pdfs on the Lantern site.
Heck, even if you’re not researching right anything currently, the site is still good for just general poking around. I know that I just spent an hour on their just inputting various search topics and following where ever they may have lead me.