Animals appear in the main role in these amusing magic lantern stories.
|Paddy and the Bear.|
of twelve slides 'Paddy and the Bear' was made by Walter Tyler, England. There is
a trade mark in the upper left corner of a combined W and a T. Slides 4
and 7 were added from another set because they missed in the original
set. There are
no captions but the plot is straightforward. Paddy Magee leaves Ireland,
arrives in the USA, reads a notice that offers a $100 reward for killing
a rogue bear, is attacked by and kills it, claims the reward and becomes
a hero and politician. There was a real Patrick Magee and a song about
the Irish support for the Union cause during the American Civil War,
their love of new found American liberty and distrust of the English
'John Bull'. 'Erin go Bragh' (slide 12) is the Anglicisation
of an Irish language phrase, 'Éirinn go Brách', and is used to express
allegiance to Ireland. It is most often translated as 'Ireland Forever.'
The Crocodile's Diner Party.
With paper, pen and ink, he sat him down to think
|His guests were all assembled||She softly swallowed him and made no mention|
|Some punishment is due for this transgression||But Mr Lynx was taken in possession||Left nothing of the lynx to tell the story|
|The leopard all irate at his relation's fate||Then on the leopard sprang||As down his throat the roaring lion hasted|
Awesome animal story in grey tints made by York and
Son, London. Once upon a time a crocodile decided to organize a great
diner party. He invited all the animals of the island. But the party
went less smoothly than the crocodile had expected (or was is exactly what he
had hoped on the quiet??). All the invited guests appeared at the right
time and gathered around the large dining table. However there was few
food on the table. The hungry goose swallowed the frog on the sly but
the fox saw this and ate the goose. The lynx ate the fox, who is also
eaten up until there's nothing left of him. Then the leopard striked and
is eaten afterwards by the lion. Finally the crocodile swallowed the
lion. Yes..... that was a great party. Set of nine slides
measuring 8.2 x 8.2 cm.
Giant Frog and naughty Boy.
The Frog's Wooing.
The nursery song 'A Frog he would a Wooing go' is a
variation of 'Frog Went A-Courting' and probably of Scottish origin. The
ballad is found under many titles, primarily variations of: 'A Moste
Strange Weddinge of the Frogge and the Mowse' (1580).
It is not known who Anthony Rowley was. A theory traces the song to Suffolk: Roley, 'Poley, Gammon and Spinach' should refer to four families of Suffolk notables, Rowley, Poley, Bacon and Green.
The complete set has 10 slides measuring 8.2 cm square and is made by an unknown manufacturer.
The Prize Ox.
Seven magic lantern slides of a set of nine slides made by York and Son, England. In the top left corner of the slide we see the trade mark of this well-known slide maker. Probably the slides #1 and #6 are missing.
The slides measure 8.2 cm square and are entitled:
1. The Bull's delight at being No. 1
2. Up goes the stout and stout old lady
3. Away then flew, the little Jew
4. There's a crash, and a smash
5. Down went tables, and down went chairs
6. Then to the place where the band was
7. Now all try, to hit the Bull's eye
8. Bang went the rifles into the air
9. Farmer East, he collared the beast
Fooling the Baby Elephant.
A set of four square magic lantern slides made by
York and Son, England.
Two square magic lantern slides made by Gebrüder
Bing, Nürnberg, measuring 8.3 x 8.3 cm. A variant on the (Dutch) proverb
'Two Dogs fight for a bone, and a third runs away with it.'
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