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A rather extensive collection of wonderful magic lantern slide sets

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Mrs Nibble
Set of 12 square magic lantern slides made by Newton & Co., England after the Children's booklet 'Mrs Nibble' by Lawson Wood, (18781957), an English painter, illustrator and designer known for humorous depictions of cavemen and dinosaurs, policemen, and animals. He was the author and illustrator of six 'Mrs Books' for children: Mrs Polly, Mrs Bear, Mrs Cackle, Mrs Waddle, Mrs Purr, and.... Mrs Nibble. The six booklets were sold together in a cardboard box 'The Box of Mrs Books'. There is also a male version.... 'The Hamper of Mr. Books'.

Mrs three-doors-up
A set of twelve black and white slides made by York & Son, England, after George Robert Sims' story 'Mrs three-doors-up' in The Dagonet Reciter. Sims was also the author of the poems Billy's Rose, In the signal box, The Life boat, and many other poems and plays of which many are worked up into magic lantern slide sets.
1. 'I could have hugged master for that.' 2. 'It took all my time to open the door.' 3. 'Master with a black clay pipe in his mouth.'
4. Visit of Mrs Three-doors-up. 5. 'Oh! what are you writing? May I look?' 6. 'I'm going to have my corns out, madam.'
7. 'She looks across, and beckons to me.' 8. 'Master came down all of a perspiration.' 9. 'He gave a jump in the air suddenly.'
10. 'The lady came to the door herself.' 11. 'Master went after her, shouting.' 12. 'Come away, Mrs Hobson'

Long ago I received an e-mail from somebody who told me that he had found a small box with magic lantern slides at his parent's, together with a hand written story (in Dutch). It was a story about

The Phantom Ship
(Dutch: Het Spookschip)

The magic lantern slides are certainly not exceptional or rare, just simple decalcomania. They measure only 15 x 4 cm and the images are only 2 cm in diameter, so not very detailed. What it makes pretty is the accompanying hand written story, written by his grandparents.

The paper was torn and wrinkled and the texts were often hardly readable or even not readable at all. His parents did not life anymore, so they couldn't help. Yet the man succeeded to type out a part of the text. I succeeded to decipher the rest of the words. In its totality it is a horrifying, somewhat tousled story:

(The translated texts below are only a summary of the hand written Dutch texts. The complete text goes with the Dutch version of this page.)

One of the five sheets containing the hand written text.
1. A young merchant called Achmet embarked for India. 2. After 15 days the crew saw a strange ship that made a dreadful noise. 3. They were shipwrecked. Achmet and his servant clung to a capsized boat.
4. They rowed to the strange ship and climbed aboard. 5. There they found a lot of dead bodies. A rich clothed Turk was nailed to the mast. 6. In the middle of the night they heard strange sounds and the nailed Turk entered the cabin.
7. They drank and sang together, but suddenly the Turk banged the table and they went to the deck. 8. There above was a battle going on. Suddenly it became silent. 9. The dead bodies were stiff like wood. They could not drop them in the sea. Several days passed by.
10. Finally they found land. A magician changed the dead bodies to dust. 11. The captain was freed from the mast. He thanked for his deliverance and also changed to dust. 12. The captain granted his ship to Achmet, together with al its treasures.
This set of twelve square magic lantern slides has been produced by Theobald & Co, England.

Gulliver's travels to Liliput
This set of twelve slides is also made by Theobald & Co., England.
Unfortunately slide #2 is missing in the coloured version below so temporarily a black and white version fills the place of it.

Gulliver's travels to Liliput
This set of twelve magic lantern slides is made by an unknown manufacturer.
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