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Adam and Eve

 Genesis Chapter 1:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Old magic lantern glass slide in a wood frame of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. This slide is from an old OddFellows lodge. The wood frame measures 4" by 7" (c. 18 x 10 cm) and the round opening to the glass slide is 3" (c. 7.6 cm) in diameter. The label on the edge of the frame says "Knights of Malta... Adam & Eve in Paradise".

Four slides of a set of eight magic lantern slides depicting the story of Adam and Eve. These views of classic art work are produced by Scott and Van Altena. Sizes 3.25" x 4".
The first slide is after the famous fresco of Michelangelo Buonarroti at the ceiling of  the Sistine Chapel, the Creation of Adam. The powerful, dynamic, flying God touches Adam granting him the breath of life.

Oblong glass magic lantern slide showing some created animals and finally the two people that inhabited the Garden of Eden.

Round magic lantern slide made by Ernst Plank (E.P.) c. 1885. The slide is numbered II and titled 'Geology' in three languages. Diameter 4.25 inch.
We see the creation of light, sea and land, animals, and finally the first people.


The subjects of the pictures from this long magic lantern slide are similar to those from the glass strip above. They show the created water animals, the crawling animals, the mammals an finally the first human beings Adam and Eve. All according to the Bible stories.

One of two slides with each 4 images depicting biblical stories.
The slides measure 15 cm long, each image 2 cm in diameter.

Five Masonic magic lantern slides mounted in a wooden frame, from a set of twelve slides. They show the Biblical history, and these five slides tell about the start of everything. The creation of the world.
  Sacred History - 2. Waters gathered in one place - the dry land appears Genesis I. v. 9.
Sacred History - 5 God creates the fowl and fish. Genesis I. v. 20.
Sacred History - 6 God creates cattle, creeping things and beasts. Genesis I. v. 24.
Still peaceful.
Sacred History - 7. God creates man and gives dominion. Genesis II. v. 7.
Peaceful, but a little bit dull.
Sacred History - 8. God forms woman from the rib of man. Genesis II. v. 22.

Long glass magic lantern slide made by the German manufacturer Ernst Plank (E.P.) with four photographed illustrations of biblical scenes, two of them concerning the first human inhabitants of the earth, Adam and Eve.

Two slides from a larger set made by T.H. McAllister in their Economic Series showing respectively the Creation of Adam, and the Creation of Eve.

Another version of the same happening: the Creation of Eve.
An idyllic scene in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve have a good chat and the atmosphere is convivial. But.... in the tree the serpent is already watching for an opportunity.

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Square magic lantern slide, 8.2 x 8.2 cm. Manufacturer unknown.


Hand coloured glass magic lantern slide. The slide is labelled: '35 Adam named animals'. Marked: Albert F. Prieger, 312 West Louisiana Avenue, Tampa, Florida. Sizes: 3.25"x 4" (c. 8 x 10 cm).


A 4.5" x 7" glass magic lantern slide in a wooden frame. Probably made between 1850 and 1870. This is an exquisite example of a hand-tinted magic lantern slide.

Adam and Eve in the garden, discreetly naked, with an arm and hand across Adam's lap and the conveniently placed head of the impala in front of Eve, keeping things from getting too risqué.
Two square magic lantern slides made by Newton & Co, London. The image on the first slide is almost the same as the one above.

A photographic lantern slide of a black and white engraving from the artist Palma il Vecchio 'The Fall of Man', Brunswick Museum.

A coloured version after the same engraving.
This slide is labelled:

Both slides are 3.25" x 4" (c. 8 x 10 cm).

The disaster approaches in the shape of a serpent. Magic lantern slides 8.2 x 8.2 cm.

Glass magic lantern slide labelled "1 OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY 21 Temptation of Eve". It measures 3 1/4 by 4 inches (c. 8 x 10 cm).

Wooden frame containing a circular magic lantern slide with the same picture of Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden. The frame measures 7" x 4" and is labelled 'Knights of Malta'.

Hand painted magic lantern slide in wooden frame depicting the scene where Eve is being tempted by the snake. Produced by Carpenter and Westley. The frame is stamped with their mark.
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