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Just a lot of beautiful life-model sets of
magic lantern slides.
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Bart's Joy.

Beautiful set of twelve square life-model slides made by the English manufacturer of magic lantern slides York & Son. In the top left corner we see the trade mark of the manufacturer.
Text for a 'Service of Song': Miss M.A. Paull.
1. I was taking a bird's-eye view of mighty London. 2. Two women alighted. 3. A little boy with a basket of oranges.
4. Bart's home. 5. Bart signed the pledge that night. 6. He brought Miss Lane in triumph to my house.
7. 'Oh! please sir,' said Bart, 'make them let him go'. 8. I've got such a beautiful orange for you. 9. He sat dejectedly and wearily.
10. Please, Mr Brown, this is father. 11. Children, I am Bart Coxwell's father. 12. Frank Coxwell fell on his knees before her.
During the Service of song the recital was regular relieved by the singing of emotional songs, like 'Be kind to your Mother'.

Excelsior.

Set of twelve square life-model slides made by the English manufacturer of magic lantern slides Bamforth & Co., after a song by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Michael Balfe published in 1841. It describes a young man passing through a mountain village. He bears the banner "Excelsior" (translated from Latin as "ever higher", also loosely but more widely as "onward and upward"), ignoring all warnings, climbing higher until inevitably, "lifeless, but beautiful" he is found by the "faithful hound" "half-buried in the snow", still clasping in his hands of ice that banner with the strange device, Excelsior!
1. Intro. with Title. 2. The shades of night were falling fast
As through an Alpine village passed.
3. His brow was sad, his eye beneath
Flashed like a falchion from its sheath.
Shrewd visitors will perceive that the yellow banner changed here into a red one and the colour of the boy's clothes changed too. That's because I had to mix two incomplete sets to one complete set. Colours of the separate sets often differ because the artists who tinted the slides by hand were different.
4. Above the spectral glaciers shone,
And from his lips escaped a groan.
5. 'Try not the pass,' the old man said.
Dark lowers the tempest overhead.
6. 'O stay! O stay!' the maiden said,
'Rest thy weary head upon this breast'.
7. 'Beware the pine tree's withered branch,'
'Beware the awful avalanche'.
8. At the break of day, as heaven-ward
The pious monks of San Bernard.
9. A voice cried through the startled air
'Excelsior! Excelsior!'.
10. A traveller by the faithful hound
Half buried in the snow was found.
11. There in the twilight cold and grey,
Lifeless but beautiful he lay.
12. And from the sky severe and far
A voice fell like a falling star. 'Excelsior! Excelsior!'.

Jessica's Prayer.

At last six different versions are known. This one is made by the English manufacturer York & Son, and consists of maximum 28 slides (10 slides plus 18 hymn slides for use as service of song). Adapted from Hesba Stretton's children's book, who was also author of 'Nelly's Dark Days'.
1. The coffee stall and its keeper. 2. Jessica's Temptation. 3. An Old Friend in a new dress.
4. Peep into Fairyland. 5. A New World opens. 6. The First Prayer.
7. Hard Questions. 8. An Unexpected Visitor. 9. Jessica's First Prayer answered.
Hesba Stretton was the pen name of Sarah Smith (1832 1911), who was one of the most popular Evangelical writers of the 19th century. She used her Christian principles as a protest against specific social evils in her children's books. The book that won her widespread fame was Jessica's First Prayer, first published in the journal Sunday at Home in 1866 and the following year in book form. By the end of the 19th century it had sold at least a million and a half copies, outselling even Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Jessica is a homeless girl in Victorian London, abandoned by an alcoholic actress mother, who finds comfort and religious support in her regular visits to a coffee stall. Thanks to its Methodist owner, Daniel Standring, Jessica discovers religion; in turn, Standring gains repentance through Jessica from his money-grabbing lifestyle.
10. The Shadow of Death.
Another version, made by an unidentified manufacturer, possibly W.C. Hughes or Alfred Pumphrey.
Slide # 2 is still missing.
1. The Coffee Stall. 2. A Free Breakfast. 3. Jessica's Temptation.
4. An Old Friend. 5. Behind the Door. 6. Discovered.
7. Peeps into Fairyland. 8. Jessica's First Prayer. 9. An Unexpected Visitor.
10. Jessica Ill. 11. The Shadow of Death. 12. Restored.

Mother's Last Words.

After Mary Sewell's book 'Mother's last words'. At least 10 different versions are known. This beautiful set of twelve square magic lantern slides was made by the English manufacturer of magic lantern slides York & Son.
1. A worn-out woman, ghastly pale.
(unfortunately only in black and white)
2. 'Here, lads,' he said, 'divide this bread'. 3. And soundly slept those little boys.
4. The minister said, 'Dust to dust'. 5. And swept a pathway broad and neat. 6. Do you go to Sunday School?
7. I know a dodge worth two of that. 8. He loitered round a pastry cook's. 9. And quick as thought he snatched them up.
10. He strained his ears to catch the sound. 11. They took the clothes and nice mince pies. 12. The Lady at the Sunday School would come and read to Chris.
 
The Lifeboat.
Set of seven magic lantern slides made by the English manufacturer York & Son, c. 1885.

1. 'This ain't what we calls rough'.
2. The beach here was strewn with wreckage.
3. I knelt by her side and prayed.
4. You're wanted.
5. In hail of the Vessel.
6. I stretched out my hand.
7. By the bedside were my Wife and Jack.
"A tale in verse, by G. R. Sims, in which the husband of a woman, who is lying dying of grief for the loss of a son, is begged by the captain of the lifeboat to join in a daring rescue. The dying woman begs her husband to go , he obeys, he seizes a body in the water, gets a terrible blow, is laid up at home, and at last discovers that he rescued his son, and that his wife has recovered her health at the joyful sight of her long-lost son." (The 'indispensable handbook' to the optical lantern: a complete cyclopaedia on the subject of optical lanterns, slides, and accessory apparatus, London: Iliffe & Son, 1888). 


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