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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!'
 

 

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