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They show the role that non-western figures often played in magic lantern stories and the way they were depicted on the slides.

By the skin of his teeth.
A set of four square magic lantern slides made by an unknown manufacturer.

'Skin of my teeth' is a phrase from the Bible. In Job 19:20 the Bible says: 'My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth'. In modern times 'by the skin of .... teeth' is used to describe a situation from which one has barely managed to escape.
 


Square magic lantern slide from a set titled 'Shadows', numbered #2. It shows a housewife or maid servant whose shadow on the wall seems to be the image of a slave. Signed CMB.
Size of the slide: 8.2 x 8.2 cm.



The dimensions of this single lever slide are 17.5 x 10 cm; the diameter of the image is approximately 6.5 cm.
Nanny with a naughty child. The child pulls on Nanny's neckerchief to make her bend over.
 


 
The Robbers.

A set of twelve square magic lantern slides made by York & Son, England, ca 1885.
In terms of drawing style and the cruel story, this series of plates strongly resembles Wilhelm Bush, but we have not been able to determine this (yet).


Unfortunately, the second slide in this series is missing. To complete the story, a slide from another series has been used here.

 
1. Two robbers asking for charity at an old gentleman's house. 2. He regales them in a sumptuous manner.
3. He fills their bags with the broken victuals. 4. They return at night to break into the house.
5. They commence the attack. 6. The old man is quietly reading, and hears the noise.
7. He drops from the window to surprise them. 8. They have succeeded in getting their bodies partly through.
9. The old man comes very quietly round the corner. 10. He nails them securely to the wall.
11. He belabours them with his whip.
 
12. The robbers go home wiser, and, we hope, better men.
 
Two natives are eaten by a crocodile, but fortunately manage to free themselves. A very unbelievable story, but that happens more often in magic lantern land.
A series of 6 lantern slides, measuring about 8.2 x 8.2 cm. They originally had black paper masks that were removed by a previous owner, probably because they shielded too much of the drawing. The first slide shows what the slide looked like with such a mask.


 
The Heathen Chinese.
Not only black people were sometimes depicted in an unattractive way. This set, made by an unknown manufacturer shows a Chinese cardsharp, who is punished by all those present in the pup.

And this is a long magic lantern slide made by Gebrüder Bing Nürnberg (G.B.N.) as # 11 of a set of twelve.
 

 
 
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