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A rather extensive collection of funny stories told on magic lantern slides
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Naughty Norman: or the boy who would not be photographed.

This set of twelve slides was made by Theobald & Co., England. It tells the story of the naughty boy Norman Underwood, who behaves badly at the photographer's. Finally Norman leaned back and the chair tilted backwards. Norman fall through the screen at the back and the camera and stand came with a crash to the ground. What the photographer said is not recorded......
1. She has taken her darling son to the Court Photographer. 2. Norman is making his best society bow. 3. He appears to be intently listening to the instructions.
4. Mr Oxalate places the juvenile rogue upon a chair. 5. Everything seems going along smoothly. 6. Norman holds up his finger in a warning manner.
7. Norman throws up both hands and bursts into a fit of laughter. 8. The artful little rogue creeps down behind the chair. 9. The mischievous lad was covering the lens with his cap.
10. Norman seemed to fancy the position, and success seemed assured. 11. Norman disappeared through the screen at the back. 12. Norman is handed back to his mamma.
A funny set of only three square magic lantern slides: 'Grandpa disturbed'.
The Tipsy Geese.

Six magic lantern slides made by York & Son, England
1. The farmer's wife exclaimed. 2. The excited geese run, and on the spot. 3. Oh, woeful sight!
4. But soon she plucked up courage. 5. Reflecting when you have no geese. 6. The geese were but dead drunk.
A somewhat other version of

The Tipsy Geese

which is ending more peacefully.

An interrupted Football Match.
How a broken out Bull scores a goal at a Football Match.
Complete set of six magic lantern slides made by York & Son, England, after illustrations from the English periodical 'Scraps' that appeared from 1 September 1883 until 30 April 1910. All slides are captured on top and mentioning the source 'From Scraps' in the lower left corner.
The Biter Bit.

A set of five comic magic lantern slides made by Bamforth & Co, England.

A young man thinks he is smart by stealthily jumping on the back of a workman's wheelbarrow but does not know that the man is on his way to the rubbish heap to deposit the contents of his car there.
A little urchin, scarcely four feet high, / Who never yet had known how to be shy.
If he could only manage, unperceived / To seat himself upon it he believed.
There is still a fifth slide in this series. On this slide we could see how the young man with the garbage is deposited in a hole.

Unfortunately, this slide is not (yet) in my possession.

Sometimes I imagine how nice it would be if someone just sent an image of that slide to me .....
The youngster placed himself so near the wheel / The workman did not -- or seemed not to -- feel The man upon whose vehicle he stole, / Was carting rubbish to fill up a hole Away it went, the dirt, youngster, and all, / Who luckily had not so far to fall
The three Beggars.

A funny set of eight magic lantern slides made by Walter Tyler after the song 'The Three Beggars' van Fred Weatherly and James L. Molloy.
1. One morn in May, a beggar gay
Came carolling down the woodland way.
2. And down the road where had come
He saw another who was dumb.
3. To all we cry 'Good passers by
'We pray you of your charity'.
4. 'Our life you know is full of woe
So we laugh and sing where'er we go'.
5. The dumb man said 'Now we're a pair'.
And down the road they went in glee.
6. And saw another sitting there
And he was deaf as deaf could be.
7. And now we'll be a merry three
For a life of perfect jollity.
8. Our life you know is full of woe
So we laugh and sing where'er we go.

Author and Charwoman.
A funny series with a charwoman who is afraid of an ugly, large spider. Four square slides 8.3 x 8.3 cm, manufacturer unknown.

Signal painting extraordinary.
This short series of square slides is from the same unknown manufacturer. Painting a signpost becomes an unexpected problem.

Jack Tar
A set of only two square slides made by Bamforth & Co., England, ca 1900.
Jack Tar afloat en Jack Tar ashore.
In England, since the 14th century, 'Jack' has been a synonym for 'the common man'. Whenever a name was needed for any stereotypical common fellow, Jack was chosen. and a sailor was the common man at sea. 'Tar' was chosen to refer to all things sailor-like. The reason was that tar was used as waterproofing on many parts of the ship - between the planking of the hull and deck, on ropes and on sheeting. Sailors hands, hair and clothes would become smeared with tar. They used tar to braid their pigtails and to waterproof their canvas hats and trousers.
Probably this small series of slides wants to show that a sailor was confident and tough when he was at sea and behaved clumsily and uncomfortably once he was back on land.

Oh, such a funny joke !
A nice set of slides from an unknown manufacturer. The source is the English magazine "Comic Life".
More funny stories.......


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