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Cricket on the Hearth.
 
This series of 24 square magic lantern slides measuring 8.3 x 8.3 cm was produced by an unclear manufacturer. Most images are cut to an oblong format. A label is pasted in the top left corner with the address of the manufacturer. The title of the series and the captures of the slides are handwritten on the slides.

A similar series with the same images was produced in 1890 by York & Son, England. However, here all images are square with rounded corners. The top and bottom of the images appear to be unpunished cut off without losing important details; see, for example, plates 15 and 24.
1. She sat down before the kettle. 2. Oh, goodness, John! what a state you're in. 3. The Stranger saluted the Carrier's wife.
4. He turned to shut the door. 5. Dot uttered a loud, sharp, sudden cry. 6. Caleb and Bertha were at work together.
7. I can't afford to sing, said Tackleton. 8. The repast was set forth on the board. 9. The Blind Girl held her by both hands.
10. In one stride he was at the window. 11. They moved slowly towards the door. 12. The Carrier sat down by his fireside.
13. Nothing but her clasped hands on brow and head. 14. The Cricket on the Hearth in fairy shape. 15. Fairies came trooping forth.
16. She sat plying her needle before the fire. 17. Rocking her little baby in its cradle. 18. They showed her with the Blind Girl.
19. If you please I can't make nobody hear. 20. The Blind Girl threw herself before him. 21. Dot ran up to Caleb.
22. 'This is my wife,' said Edward. 23. A high feast at the Peerybingle's. 24. There was a dance in the evening.
"The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home" is a novella by Charles Dickens, written in 1845. The book was a huge commercial success, quickly going through two editions.
It is the third of Dickens' five Christmas books, the others being ''A Christmas Carol'' (1843), ''The Chimes'' (1844), ''The Battle of Life'' (1846), and ''The Haunted Man'' (1847).

John and Dot Peerybingle's marriage is threatened by a wide difference in their ages. Worried that the much younger Dot might be unfaithful, John consults the spirit of the Cricket on the Hearth whose chirping Dot has said brings luck. The cricket assures John that all will be well. In the end, misunderstandings are cleared up and the couple's happiness is restored.
 
Here she goes... and there she goes.
A set of twelve magic lantern slides made by York & Son, England, about 1910, after the poem 'The Old Clock' by James Nack (born about 1807).

Two American rascals make a fool of an innkeeper. They lay a wager with him in which the old clock of the inn plays an important role.
1. Stopped at a Tavern on their Way. 2. Stared at the Clock with Stupid Gaze. 3. 'What Wager was It?'
4. Begin -- The Clock is Striking Eight. 5. His Mother Happened in to See her Daughter. 6. And Rushed to him and Seized his Arm.
7. The Doctors Came, and Looked, and Wondered. 8. The Last Produced a Box of Pills. 9. 'You all are Fools!' the Lady said.
10. 'So Hold him, Gemmen, While I Shave him'. 11. And up he Starts -- ''Tis Mine! 'Tis Mine!' 12. 'For Hang the Knaves, I'm Mad Indeed!'

The road to Heaven
A set of 7-9 magic lantern slides made by Bamforth & Co., England,1891 after a poem by the English journalist, poet, dramatist, novelist and bon vivant George Robert Sims (1847-1922). This is a reissue of the set of the same name made by Bamforth around 1885, 6 slides. The new set consists of 7 slides with 2 additional slides numbered 5a and 5b. We see James Bamforth on the slides 5b and 6 playing the role of the old man in the boat.
1. So poor little Mike is sleeping the last long sleep of all 2. Cuddling close together, crouched on a big stone seat 3. He'd a drunken father and mother, who sent him out to beg
4. 'That there's one road to 'eaven,' he said, as he pointed down 5. When he seemed to lose his balance, gave a short, shrill cry, and fell 5a. With a thud on the stonework under; then splash in the Thames went Mike
5b. A boat put off from the landing, and they dragged his body out 6. When they brought him here he was senseless, but slowly the child came round 7. Then to the kind old doctor, 'Please, are you God?' he said

The road to Heaven
 A set of 8 magic lantern slides made by York & Son, England, after the same poem by George Robert Sims. The slides have a triangular label in the top left corner, probably pasted over the well-known York trademark label. The letters W.M.S.S.U. stand for 'Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School Union'.
Both series show on the first slide a conversation with a doctor about his young patient who unfortunately has passed away. The following slides are a 'flash-back' of the terrible accident that took place.

How is the boy this morning? Why do you shake your head?
Ah! I can see what's happened - there's a screen drawn round the bed.
So, poor little Mike is sleeping the last long sleep at all!
I'm sorry - but who could wonder, after that dreadful fall.
  1. Ah! I can see what's happened 2. Some ragged boys had been seen with one
3. One was singing the carol 4. They sent him out to beg 5. He peered in the big broad stream
6. Then splash in the Thames, went Mike 7. They dragged his body out 8. Mike put his hand to his fevered head
 

 

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