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

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Everyday Heroes

A set of 7 magic lantern slides made by York & Son, England.
  1. A group of everyday heroes
2. The men who men our lifeboats 3. The Firemen
4. The miners 5. Our doctors - aye, and nurses, too
6. The railway servants 7. They seek the Workhouse when Aged and Infirm

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 old chapel bell
A set of ten square magic lantern slides made by York & Son, around 1898, after a ballade of the American poet and satire writer John Godfrey Saxe, The old chapel bell.
Within a churchyard's sacred ground,
Whose fading tablets tell
Where they who built the village church
In solemn silence dwell,
Half hidden in the earth, there lies
An ancient Chapel-Bell.

Broken, decayed, and covered o'er
With mouldering leaves and rust;
Its very name and date concealed
Beneath a cankering crust; Forgotten,ólike its early friends,
Who sleep in neighboring dust.
    1. Within a churchyard's sacred ground
2. A youth -- a bright and happy boy 3. A soft and shady spot is this 4. He felt a languor creeping o'er
5. To hail the blushing bride 6. On each returning Sabbath morn 7. She read the story of the cross
8. She stood beneath the sacred porch 9. They laid her in the churchyard here 10 The boy awoke, as from a dream

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
The landlord's visit

A small, but also very fine series of magic lantern slides with an favourable story. The landlord is on his way to the house poor widow Clare is renting from him. When he looks through the window and sees how sad she is sitting there, he quickly goes to the greengrocer and buys a large bag of potatoes that he delivers to her.
6 slides after a story by De Witt Clinton Lockwood, made by York & Son, England, ca 1900).

1. Old Widow Clare 2. It was cold and snowing 3. His heart for a moment stood still
4. Now put in some taters -- a peck will do
5. So back o'er the road he went with his load
6. Was spread out before him in tempting array
The ruined home.
A set of 6 magic lantern slides after W.A. Eaton's poem, 'The ruined home' made by York & Son, ca 1890.

Mark yon low cottage standing by the road,
All silent, desolate, and half in ruins.
There is a story hanging to the place,
And if you listen, I will tell it you.
No footfall echoes on the broken stairs;
No fire burns in the hearth; no thin smoke curls
From out the broken chimney; and the birds
Have built their nests in the decaying thatch.
1. Mark yon low cottage standing by the road 2. And Walter Maynard brought his young bride home 3. She met him with a sad, reproachful look
4. With a cry, she fell upon the ground 5. Next morning came a crowd of eager villagers 6. Some village urchins fishing in the stream


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