Probably around 15 years ago, I bought an old doctor’s office X-ray viewing lightbox off Ebay for a few dollars. It works perfectly. It’s not as fancy as a modern, edge-lit LED slab, which sounds pretty cool, but it gets the job done.
At the newspaper where I used to work, the union back shop had rows of big glass-topped light tables where all the film stripping was done.
On the Bostonia example above, I wonder what the point of tracing it with a pencil might have been when a screen capture would have worked better if the objective was tracing over it in a vector application. Then again, maybe the objective was a pencil sketch to experiment with for a redo. Or maybe it was just a photo op thing.