depicted on magic lantern slides.
part 4 - Miscellaneous.
|Four coloured glass magic lantern slides showing scenes from famous American battles. Size: 3.25" x 4".|
|1. Battle of Cowpens.||2. Battle of Bunker's Hill, 1775|
|3. Battle of Lexington.||4. Battle of New Orleans.|
A nice set of 13 magic lantern slides made by an unknown manufacturer.
|Bill Adams was created by American bank clerk, opera singer and entertainer George Harry Snazelle (1848-1912). The character Bill Adams was based on an old soldier he met in a pub. He polished up Bill's erratic memories and presented them with hand-painted magic lantern slides. Bill can be considered as the grandfather of Tommy Atkins who was a synonym for the common British soldiers (Tommies) during WW1.|
|The bizarre story of Bill Adams has also appeared on slides in another version. Below three slides from this set, probably made by Joseph Levi & Co.|
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Last update: 05-10-2021.