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

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Coal Munk Peter

A nice set of 37 magic lantern slides after the book 'Coal Munk Peter and His Three Wishes' by Wilhelm Hauff, published by Ernest Benn, London, 1926.

Size of the slides 8,2 x 8,2 cm and the manufacturer is York and Son.
    1. Introduction
2. A charcoal burner 3. These woodcutters gamble 4. In his sollitude
5. Asked his mother 6. Made a deep bow 7. The glass man appears
8. Nothing but a squirrel 9. In the woodman's hut 10. Riding on a green bottle
11. Dashed after them 12. A giant by his side 13. He held a snake
14. He made his bow 15. Sat a wee old man 16. Peter! said the little man
17. Horses and carts! 18. A bag of money 19. Beware of the inn
20. When Peter returned 21. His old haunts 22. Peter danced
23. Gambling 24. His pocket was empty 25. Walking by his side
26. 'How much do you want?' 27. He was seated in a splendid carriage 28. Must have a wife
29. Came a poor man 30. Struck her a blow 31. Changed to the little glass man
32. A warmer heart 33. Have come to my third wish 34. You cannot fool me now
35. Smaller and smaller he grew 36. A great misery overpowered him 37. Peter went home
Wilhelm Hauff was born in Stuttgart on November 29, 1802, the second child of wealthy parents. From 1825-1826 he was a home teacher in the family of the senior officer Von Hügel, whose wife encouraged him to develop his writing talent. Hauff now began to write seriously and promptly experienced his first successes.
Even as a schoolboy, Wilhelm Hauff loved to act as a fairytale teller for his two younger sisters and their girlfriends. These were stories and fairy tales that he had read or made up himself. His sense of drama and suspense is particularly evident in his fairy tales that have remained popular to this day, and which appeared in three volumes, as Märchenalmanach, for the years 1826, 1827 and 1828 respectively. It was not until 1872 that Hauff's fairy tales were first published in Dutch. Translations of his work for adults had appeared much earlier. After 1872, new translations and adaptations of Hauff's fairy tales were published with great regularity to this day. Der kleine Muck, Zwerg Nase and Kalif Storch are particularly popular.

The story of Peter Munk takes place in the Black Forest: the poor coal burner wants to become rich, to be respected. At some point he can make three wishes. Short-sighted as he is, he naturally wishes for the wrong, materialistic things: to be able to dance well, to have as much money as the wealthy Ezekiel and to become the owner of a large glassworks. When Ezekiel loses his money gambling and the glassworks go downhill, Peter ends up as poor as before. In his desperation, he calls an eerie figure, Holländer-Michel, to his aid. He promises him wealth, on the condition that Peter gives up his own heart in exchange for one made of stone. With this he loses his capacity for normal human feelings and ruins his environment: he disowns his mother, he kills his wife in anger when she wants to feed a poor old man. The old man finally brings Peter to his senses and shows him how to get his own heart back. And so it all ends well - the repentant sinner even gets his mother and his wife back.

Chorister Jim
A set of no fewer than 40 slides made by an unknown manufacturer, around 1912.
1. Portrait of Chorister Jim 2. Eh! dear, what's 'e been doing this time? 3. So you've come to talk to me about the choir
4. I'll take someone who can behave decently in church 5. Come and shake hands over it, Jim 6. I took Jim to peep into the basket
7. It was Dick Carter who spoke 8. I found Ted an interesting boy 9. If yer like, yer can have my sketes a bit
10. I told him Jim was a chorister at the Parish Church 11. Great excitement prevailed among the junior members 12. Yah! yer silly young luny
13. The whole choir, with the Vicar and Curate, were on the platform 14. Oh! please, sir, do come 15. Now's your chance! You'll be too late in a minute
16. 'What thee going to do, Jim?' asked Ted 17. He swam well for his age 18. The little knot of fishermen found their way to the cave
19. The Vicar and the choir sang, 'Eternal Father' 20. Only three of the stalwart fishermen remained with us 21. A few minutes later they came carrying their burdens like babies
22. Well, doctor, what do you think of them? 23. Jim would hardly leave hold of my hand for a moment 24. Yes, the trouble between them was over at last
25. The Vicar found her sitting up waiting for Jim 26. It was a very crowded congregation 27. Jim never sang more beatifully
28. The next instant he had sat down 29. I carried him into the vestry 30. You seemed to be interested in the lad
31. In the vestry I was assailed by countless questions 32. Mrs Shaw was evidently very feeble 33. 'E used to have a spite agin me, yer know
34. Please, sir, do you think I shall ever get well? 35. Are you sorry to think you are going to live with Jesus? 36. Jim, I want to tell you something
37. 'Li-lift me up,' he gasped 38. I should -- like -- Dick -- to give 'ave him 39. We stood round the open grave
40. While I stand I seem to hear his voice calling back
Detail plaat 23.
Farmer Gibson's harvest thanksgiving
A set of 25 magic lantern slides including 2 slides with a dissolvinging effect, made by Bamforth & Co. Adapted from a short story by George W. Varley that tells how farmer Gibson, who did not believe in praying and praising God for a good harvest, changed his mind.

When the number of slides from a series is larger, the chance that it is no longer complete increases. It is also more common that some slides that have been broken or lost have been replaced by slides from a different set that are often tinted in other colours and have different details. For example, we see this very clearly in the set below in the floor and furnishings of the bedroom (slide 20).
1. The harvest was a bountiful one 2. Farmer Gibson looked on his fields 3. 'Thankful! why should we be thankful,?' said farmer Gibson
4. 'Now look here, friend Dobson, you see those fields?' 5. 'Nay, Gibson, I'm not one of your canting sort' 6. He was never angry with Edith, his only child
7. The merry voice of his little girl greeted him as he passed through the cornfield 8. Edith wandered about the cornfield 9. He lifted her in his arms and ran with her to the house
10. 'Do you hear, doctor, you must cure her; I tell you she must be cured 11. Farmer Gibson spent most of his time by his little girl's bedside 12. 'Please, father, I do wish you would go to church tomorrow'
13. When Sunday morning came Farmer Gibson wished he had not promised 14. The picture that met his eyes as he entered the church was almost startling 15. As the hymn proceeded Farmer Gibson began to feel uneasy
16. Farmer Gibson listened attentively to the minister as he read the lessons 17. The preacher told of Christ suffering on the Cross, and Farmer Gibson was completely broken down 18. Mr. Dobson shook Farmer Gibson warmly by the hand
19.'Father, dear, did you like the service?' asked his little daughter 19a. (Effect) 'Cruel men took Him and whipped Him and spit on Him' 19b. (Effect) And then they nailed Him on a cross and crucified Him
Zie hieronder het effect.
20. Farmer Gibson confessed his sins and asked for pardon 21. Mr. Nichols came to say how glad he was to see him at church 22. She was able to go about the house on crutches
On the right an impression of the dissolving effect that required at least two magic lanterns or a biunial.
23. As the minister told of God's goodness tears of joy would run down Farmer Gibson's cheek   Animatie van de platen 19, 19a en 19b.
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