Just a lot of wonderful
magic lantern slide sets. Part 6.
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of magic lantern slides made by the well-known maker of this genre magic
Scott and Van Altena, New York. The slides have the American oblong format of 10 x 8,2 cm
(3,25 x 4 inches). On the right side they are labelled with the name of
the set, ' Come on Maria' and the name and address of the reseller, the left
side has a label with trademark and address of the manufacturer.
The series was created after a known top hit from those days (1910), ' Come on Maria!', written by Ren Shields, who is also the writer of the more known song 'In the good old Summertime', and Stanley Murphy. It was sung by the 'Telegraph Four'. The song is about an old couple who look back on their youth. Scott and Van Altena's lantern slides are of stunning quality with often very special photo montages, and that in a time when computer programs like Photo Shop did not exist! Sing-along sheets were created to promote the sheet music, and the lyrics of the song were often sung along loudly in the theatres.
Unfortunately this set of magic lantern
slide is not complete. Present are the numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15,
and the title slide showing the accompanying sheet music.
The first line of the song reads:
In a crowded city sat a couple, old and gray
Whose hearts were far away, mongst the fields of new mown hay.
Scott and Van Altena's magic lantern slides are highly sought after by collectors and lanternists. The slides above were sold on Ebay for around $500 per piece!
Again a beautiful 'Sing-along'-set
of magic lantern slides, this time made by the manufacturer Simpson, New
York. The slides have the American oblong format of 10 x 8,2 cm (3,25 x 4
inches). Both sides are labelled with the title of the set 'Can't you take it
back, and change it for a Boy' and name and address of the manufacturer.
Also this set is made after a well-known top hit of those days 'Can't you take it back, and change it for a Boy', lyrics and music by Thurland Chattaway. Here are the first two verses:
From the nursery creepin', a little boy came peepin'
Shyly peepin' through a golden curl
At a tiny bundle, such a funny bundle
Was a tiny, little baby girl.
Came to town that mornin', as the day was dawnin'
Mother thought t'would fill his heart with joy
But he shook his little head and to his Mammy said
"Gee I wish that you had bought a boy"
Can't you take it back and change it for another?
I don't want no little sister don't you see
'Cos I'd rather have a little baby brother
Who could play a game of ball with me.
For it ain't no fun to play with dolls and such things
A girl you know could never fix a toy
So I'll tell you what to do, if it's just the same with you
Can't you take it back and change it for a boy?
If slide #1 is the slide showing the
sheet music this set of 15 magic lantern slides is complete.
Probably the first slide (#2) replaced a missing or broken slide in the past, because of the different colours of clothing and carpet.
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