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Timothy Crab

A series of 16 life-model slides made by York & Son, England, after the ballad Timothy Crab in Gordon Leage Ballads (1897).

In these live model pictures the audience sees the whole career of the drunkard Crab and his unfortunate family, from the point where his daughter dies in their impoverished room while he is too drunk to understand what is happening, a variation upon the father's absence at the pub, to his being persuaded to sign the pledge, and subsequently walking out in his Sunday hat and coat, regenerate, with indeed his costume 'slightly exaggerated for the sake of effect', from his 'polished boots' to his 'huge buttonhole'.

Victorian Populair Ballad, Jacqueline Bratton.

Slide titles:

1. Their Eldest Girl, Eliza.
2. He was Tipsy when She Died.
3. Setting silent, a-staring at the Wall.
4. Then I Touched Her on the Shoulder.
5. She Sprang to Her Feet and Faced Me.
6. And that Poor Soul burst out Crying.
7. 'Now Jim,' I says, 'I've a Notion'.
8. And Jim, He Cracks His Pipe down.
9. 'You always come round Me, You do'
10. She looked like a Ghost for Whiteness.
11. We took Them in for Shelter.
12. He was waking from His Sleep.
13. Tim, Sign the Pledge.
14. And He lifted His Hand up to Mine.
15. You'd never have known his children.
16. They've got a nice large Garden.
Little Davie, "that Child".
A set of 20 magic lantern slides made by York & Son, England.
Slide titles:

1. Davie imitating the town crier.
2. Mrs Grant unburdened her heart.
3. The betrothal.
4. I'm going to be a Band of Hope boy. *)
5. Tommy was introduced to Davie's father.
6. Two happy little fellows.
7. The Band of Hope meeting.
8. A gentleman gave an address.
9. He received into membership 5 boys and girls.
10. Davie could talk of nothing else.

11. Her husband often worked in his garden on Sunday.
12. The Sunday-school teacher herself arrived.
13. It was Saturday night.
14. Davie knelt to say his evening prayer.
15. He heard Davie's prayer.
16. Lawrence was busy in his garden.
17. Miss Thomas played and sang to them.
18. The service was a most impressive one.
19. 'Do you keep a pledge book here?'.
20. Telling her neighbours what total abstinence has done.
Unfortunately the first slide of this set is missing. We could have seen here Davie imitating the town crier.

The service was a most impressive one.

(Detail slide 18)
*) The Band of Hope was a Christian charity based in London, England which educated children and young people about drug and alcohol abuse. It was founded in 1855 and now continues to exist as Hope UK.
'Signing the pledge' was one of the innovative features. The pledge was a promise not to drink alcohol and millions of people signed up.

There were also lectures that were illustrated by magic lantern, the technological equivalent to present day computerised PowerPoint displays, and noted personalities were invited to speak at public meetings in support of the cause.
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