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A rather extensive collection of funny stories told on magic lantern slides
Part 8

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Old Man and Ass
The peasant, his son, and ass: a fable showing the folly of trying to please everyone.

1. The ass which the peasant has decided to sell. 2. Driving the ass to market. 3. The old man riding on the ass.
4. The boy riding on the ass. 5. The old man and boy riding on the ass. 6. They walk arm in arm with the ass.
7. The old man and boy carrying the ass. The square magic lantern slides are mounted in a wooden frame.
This set of seven magic lantern slides is made by the English manufacturer York & Son. The are provided with a stamp of the reseller, J.H.G. Teward, optician in London.
This story clearly shows that you can never please everyone. A farmer and his son bring a donkey to the market to sell him there. 'Are you crazy?' say some passersby 'You don't have to walk when you have a donkey with you, do you?' The farmer mounts the donkey. 'It's a shame,' call the passersby 'You are sitting comfortably on the donkey and let your son walk'. Now the farmer sets his son on the donkey and walks beside it. 'Irresponsibly, that boy can break his neck'. Then both ride on the donkey. "That poor animal, That is far too heavy for him." Then they walk arm in arm next to the animal. The citizens laugh in their face. Now they tie the donkey to a stick and carry it together, but the rope breaks and the donkey breaks his neck. Finally they return home without donkey and without money.
Below the same story as that of the set of slides above, but now the title is

The Miller and the Ass.
The set of eight slides is made by Carpenter & Westley (London). The hand painted glass slides are mounted in a wooden frame. There is no doubt about the name of the manufacturer, because each slide is branded with "Carpenter & Westley 24 Regent St London". The dimensions of each wooden slide are approximately 7 inches (18 cm) across, 3.75 inches (9.5 cm) tall. The round glass slides are approximately 2.5 inches (6.5 cm) in diameter.

Below the same story as that of the two sets of slides above, but now the title is

The Miller and the Ass.
A set of six hand painted magic lantern slides mounted in a wooden frame. The manufacturer is unknown.
Old Man and Ass.

This time the story of the Old man and the ass is depicted on two long magic lantern slides that contain eight hand painted pictures. They are manufactured by Newton, London. There are stamped makers marks in the wooden frame. Each frame measures 35.5 cm long and 9 cm wide.

Two glass elongated magic lantern slides each with three images telling the story of the old man with the donkey. The dimensions are 12.5 cm x 4.5 cm; the manufacturer is unknown.
A lively time.

This comic slide set: is made by the English manufacturer W. Rider & Co., It consists of ten slides but the Lizars catalogue mentions only nine. Probably this is without the title slide.

    1. Title slide.
2. There had been a heavy fall of snow. 3. Mischief brewing. 4. A smart shot.
5. 'Well, I never! I cannot see anyone'. 6. Tom thinks he might venture another snowball. 7. No sooner the thought than the deed.
8. 'I fancy I can hear footsteps; there, take that'. 9. Oh, what a surprise. 10. Here, come out of that barrel, you young rascal.
Set of six comic slides made by Bamforth, England. The centre of gravity.
The centre of gravity (CG) of an object is the point at which weight is evenly dispersed and all sides are in balance. A human's centre of gravity can change as he takes on different positions, but in many other objects, it's a fixed location.
1. They see the old sportsman now taking a nap, outside the back door of public-house 'tap'. 2. And so those philanthropists start with a will, the bag at the back of the sportsman to fill.
3. His nose seems to droop even worse than before, and so they proceed to put in a few more. 4. We see something more of the old fellow's face, and more of his somnolent features can trace.
5. And so they proceeded with mischievous glee, not thinking how painful to him it might be. 6. And here you may see the old gentleman's plight, for as he fell backward his feet took to flight.

There's many a slip.
A set of four magic lantern slides made by Riley Brothers, England.

Watching.... Catching.... Caught.
A Plump Chicken.

Set of eight comic lantern slides made by G.M. Mason, England.

The photos of these slides were unfortunately taken when placed on a clearly visible standard.

Although the images are reminiscent of Wilhelm Bush in style and story, I have not been able to confirm this.
  1. Jones held up the ghost of a chicken. 2. Fetch the bellows, Tommy, said he.
3. Now for it, said Jones. 4. He worked with a will. 5. And behold a plump chicken.
6. This is a fine chicken, mum. 7. She was well satisfied with her bargain. 8. Finale -- the cook's astonishment.
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