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The Junior Lecturers Series was produced by W. Butcher & Sons, London (1870-1906) under the trade name of Primus. The slides were sold as a set of eight in a cardboard box. The prize of each set was initially about two shillings but at the end of World War I the price had more than doubled. Size of the slides: 8,2 x 8,2 cm (3 1/4" x 3 1/4").

The complete series was divided into three series, A, B and C.

Series A was described as 'comic tales and nursery stories, with reading on the slides'. Series B and C had readings printed on paper lecture notes. Longer stories required two or more chapters, always multiples of eight slides. The glasses are fitted with a protective glass and black paper binding tape. The images were either circular or square with rounded corners.

JOHN GILPIN is part 610 of the Junior Lecturers Series B (with Printed Readings).


1 John Gilpin was a citizen / Of credit and renown 2 So three doors off the chaise was stayed / And they did all get in
3 Now Mistress Gilpin (careful soul!) / Had two stone bottles found 4 Away went Gilpin, neck or nought, / Away went hat and wig
5 Till at his friend the calender`s / His horse at last stood still 6 For, while he spoke, a braying ass / Did sing most loud and clear
7 Away went Gilpin, and away / Went post-boy at his heels 8 And so he did, and won it too, / For he got first to town!

Many sets of the Junior Lecturers Series were also produced as glass strips, with four images each.

Sizes of the slides: 15,5 cm x 3,5 cm (6 1/8" x 1 3/8").



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