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A rather extensive collection of mechanical slides
part 5.

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Combined lever/slipping slide in a wooden frame. It measures 7" x 4" (17.5 cm by 10 cm).

The slide is provided with a slipping piece of glass at the back and a lever piece at the front. The mouse eating man.

Obviously in this collection 'The mouse eating, or rat eating, man' may not be absent. The fixed hand painted glass shows an image of a man in his bed dressed in striped pyjamas and nightcap.

The slide has the makers or sellers label attached advertising 'G. Gray Opticians, 11 Crooked Lane, London Bridge'.

More mouse eating men.

When the front glass is moved the mans mouth opens and closes.....

..... and when the back glass is pulled out the mouse or rat appears running over the sheet. O dear! It goes straight into the mans wide open mouth. 

Magic lantern slipping slide in a mahogany frame, size 7" x 4" (c. 18 x 10 cm) depicting a Chinese man (a Mandarin?) playing football.


Magic lantern slipping slide in a mahogany frame, size 7" x 4" (c. 18 x 10 cm) depicting a half-naked witch flying on a broomstick. Behind her sits a monkey that plays a flute or bagpipes. The weather is very bad. The sky is full of lightning. However, the violent weather does not harm her at all.

A mechanical magic lantern single rackwork slide depicting a working water mill in a lovely scenery.


Two funny single slipping slides in a wooden frame that measures c. 7" x 4" (18 x 10 cm).

Above: Gentleman who is afflicted by a nasty wasp.
Right: This man has another problem: he is broke. No money in the pockets.


A double slipping magic lantern slide of a dancing devil that carries a lamp.
One moving glass changes the colour of the clothes and the other one makes the eyes wobble.
18 cm. x 10 cm.



A mahogany magic lantern slipping slide, size 7" x 4" (17.7 cm x 10.2 cm).

This slide has the manufacturer's name, 'Watson', impressed on the wooden frame.

Two funny single slipping slides in a wooden frame like this one:

See for more people at work 'Work for a living'.

A poem called 'IF' ?

The stamped mark appears to say 'J. W. & M. Butler decorators for Fetes, Bazaars etc, Haughton le Skerne, Darlington'.
This unusual mechanic magic lantern slide measures 7 by 4.5 inches (c. 18 x 11.5 cm). It is nicely hand painted. The central picture of the boy is stationary. By turning the handle there appear 11 smaller pictures, all hand painted, each of which has two rhyming words, so maybe this slide illustrates a children's poem called IF.
Funny hand painted lever slide showing an amusing scene of a dentist pulling a patient's tooth. When the brass lever is pushed, the patient's head is pulled off. Never show this magic lantern slide to them who have an innate fear of dentists.

Dentists were a favourite subject for the makers of mechanical lantern slides. You find more of them at 'Work for a living', a nice collection of slides on the livelihood of our grand- and great-grandparents.

The frame size is 7" x 4" (c. 18 x 10 cm) with the slide itself being 3.25" (8.2 cm) in diameter.



Family Umbrella. Magic lantern slipping slide in a mahogany frame, size 7" x 4" (c. 18 x 10 cm).

An explanation in the Zoo.

A single hand-painted slipping slide supplied by Millikin & Lawley, London. On the fixed glass plate a group of people is pictured. A man in bright clothing gives an explanation with his pointer of the different animals in the cages. The six animals are hand painted on the oblong moving glass plate. The slide is 35.5 cm (14") long.

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