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A rather extensive collection of beautiful life-model sets of
magic lantern slides

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A trap to catch a sunbeam.

A set of 15 magic lantern slides made by York & Son, England, c. 1888, after the story of Matilda Mackarness. A trap to catch a sunbeam is a brightly written little tale with a moral, and it is on this production that her reputation chiefly rests. It was composed some three years before the date of publication, had gone through forty-two editions, by 1882, and has been translated into many foreign languages.

Popular passage:

Are you ill and suffering? By your gentle patience be an example to those who are suffering too. It is the selfish manner in which we live, engrossed by our own troubles, which renders us unmindful of those of others; we hurry through the streets, intent on some business of our own, heeding not the many little acts of kindness we could do for one another which would send us home with a light heart.
  1. David smoking and ruminating.
2. David starting to his feet in terror. 3. The spirit.
These two slides show to full advantage when they are used as a dissolving view. Some catalogs describe #3 as 'Effect', suggesting that this slide also existed as a black slide with only the woman on the canvas visible. This effect slide could then be projected over slide #2.
4. David's visit to Mrs Dennis. 5. You're my son, ain't you my blessing.
6. Bless you, this is real charity. 7. The rescue.
8. David's astonishment. 9. David and Mrs Dennis shaking hands.
10. I think he's lost. 11. Good David.
12. The Mother clasped her lost treasure. 13. David in church.
14. The visit to David. 15. The Bible read to David.
Found at last.
A 'service of song' set of 16 magic lantern slides made by York & Son, England, around 1895.

Slide titles:
1. 'Well, I do ache with pain,' she said.
2. She held an infant in her arms.
3. 'Poor, helpless bairnie'.
4. Robert Sawyer, the policeman, passed.
5. They went boldly to the door.
6. She knelt beside the basket.
7. A little knitted shoe.

8. A private interview with the doctor.
9. He found this note upon the table.
10. It came, a tender, manly letter.
11. 'Directly, Miss, anything in it?'.
12. She saw Margaret crouching before her.
13. 'If you please, is Granny Toney living here?'
14. They knelt round the bed in prayer.
15. Margaret was folded to her husband's breast.
16. Little Dora's home-coming was a great joy.

When the children pray
A small set of slides made by Bamforth & Co., England, after a song by Otway Thorpe and Charles Gounod, 'When the children pray'.
Slide #3 is repeated after slide #4.
1. Intro. with Title 2. O sweet is the hour of rest, when the toil of day is done
3. Are the darlings that pray at my knee 4. And father away at sea will know when the light grows dim
3 (rpt). O still is the hour of rest, when the toil of day is done
5. No soul could be dumb that heard the prayers
6. Then lost are the shadows of pain in a mist of happy tears
The Lost Chord.

A set of ten square magic lantern slides made by Bamforth & Co, 1907, after the song The Lost Chord by Adelaide Procter and Arthur Sullivan. The model is Miss Hannah Hinchliffe.

This is a reissue of the set of the same name made in 1898.

Most likely this set of slides was also released without the visions that the woman saw and eight slides with only these visions added. When a biunial was used for the show, the visions could be smoothly mixed with the slides of the organ-playing woman. (see Dissolving views)
Intro. with Title.
2. Seated one day at the organ, I was weary and ill at ease. 3. But I struck one chord of music, like the sound of a great Amen. 4. It flooded the crimson twilight, like the close of an angel psalm.
5. It quieted pain and sorrow, like love o'er-coming strife. 6. It seem'd the harmonious echo from our discordant life. 7. And trembled away in silence, as if it were loth to cease.
8. I have sought, but I seek it vainly, that one lost chord divine.
9. It may be that Death's bright angel will speak in that chord again 10. It may be that only in Heaven I shall hear that grand Amen.
Annie Laurie.
A set of eight beautiful magic lantern slides made by Bamforth & Co around 1900, after a poem by William Douglas. Circa ten years later a reissue of this set was produced consisting of 12 slides. Dimensions are 8.3 cm x 8.3 cm (3.25 x 3.25 inches).

"Annie Laurie" is an old Scottish song based on a poem said to have been written by William Douglas (1682?1748) about his romance with Annie Laurie (16821764). It is said that Annie's father opposed a marriage. This may have been because Anna was very young; she was only in her mid-teens when her father died.

The words were modified and the tune was added by Alicia Scott in 1834. The song is also known as "Maxwelton Braes".
1. Introduction, with Title. 2. Maxwelton's banks are bonny, where early falls the dew.
3. 'Twas there that Annie Laurie gave me her promise true. 4. For bonnie Annie Laurie I'd lay me down and dee.
5. Her brown is like the snow-drop, her throat is like the swan. 6. For bonnie Annie Laurie I'd lay me down and dee.
7. Like winds in summer sighing, her voice is low and sweet.
8. Her voice is low and sweet, and she's all the world to me.
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