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Utopia.

A strange but interesting set of 12 early 20th-century coloured magic lantern slides. It was hard to discover title and manufacturer of the set. The first slide depicts the interior of a museum with a bearded man with top hat and boots, asleep in a glass case and is titled above case "Man Asleep. Period 19th century". This character is involved in various parts of the story. The other slides show what appears to be a large military hospital or a prison or a convalescent home with slides showing a bath house, dormitory, dining hall, etc, and even one with an medical experiment or torture. Apart from the man with the top hat all the other characters are wearing blue tunics and often pill box hats.

It turned out that this set is made after an interesting essay from the pen of Jerome Klapka Jerome and relates how a man was supposed to have gone to sleep and woke up after the lapse of a thousand years, when he found that the wild schemes of advanced socialists had come to pass, and that equality and fraternity now reigned supreme, that everything was provided by the State, and everybody shared and shared alike.

The first picture illustrates where the man wakes up and finds himself in a glass case inside a museum in the City of London. There is a label above his head that reads 'Man asleep - period 19th Century. This man was found asleep in a house in London, after the great social revolution of 1899. From the account given by the landlady of the house, it would appear that he had already been asleep for over 10 years. It was decided, for scientific purposes, not to wake him, but just to see how long he would sleep on, and he was accordingly brought and deposited in the Museum of Curiosities on February 11th, 1900. Visitors are requested not to squirt water through the air holes.'

The set is made by Theobald & Co. Slides measure 3.25 inches (8.2 cm) square.

 
1. Man asleep, 19th Century. 2. The guide takes me out for a walk. 3. And shows me the buildings.
4. We meet some other inhabitants. 5. The man with one arm. 6. Lessening a man's abilities.
7. Our garden plots. 8. Getting up in the morning. 9. Washed by the State.
10. Fed by the State. 11. Spend the evenings doing nothing. 12. Going to bed.
 
TIJL UILENSPIEGEL.

Wedea publishers from Amsterdam released various lantern slides in the 1930s under the name 'City-Series'. This series Tijl Uilenspiegel consists of 12 magic lantern slides in the size 8.2 x 8.2 cm. The lantern slides are equipped with a cover glass that protects them from damage.
The drawings of Kate Philipsen are coloured by hand. Kate was known for the illustrations in the children's book series written by H.J. Jacobs who came on the market in November 1930 (source: Nieuwsblad voor den Boekhandel).

From the enclosed text it can also be seen that the other titles in this series were: Little Red Riding Hood, Snowwhite, Gulliver at the Giants, Gulliver at the Dwarves, Robinson Crusoe and One eye, two eyes, three eyes.

1. Tyl Uilenspiegel, who has played his whole life.

(Dutch text from the attached text sheet, translated by the webmaster.)
2. Tyl is baptized for the second time. When he returns on his nurse's arm from the first baptism, the woman goes wrong and falls off the shelf in the ditch. Tyl's father gets them out. 3. Tyl is baptized for the third time. At home he goes to bath again to wash off the dirty ditch water.
4. When he is about eight years old, Tyl and his father can go to town. He is sitting on the front of the horse and the father does not understand why all people are standing in the road and are following his Tyltje so angry with their eyes. 5. Tyl is now an adult and looking for work. Then he meets an old friend who wants to teach him the trade. He has to go a bit further, but already points out the house to Tyl. "You see that window, you have to go in there. 'Tyl takes this words literally and jumps happily through the window. 6. The tailor and his wife do not think this is a good start, but he is allowed to stay and must make a new coat to the same model of the old one. Tyl does this, but also cuts the same cracks and puts a few pieces on it. Then he is chased out of the house.
7. Now he meets the cook of the palace, who can just use a cook's boy. Tyl knows who it is and does if he has served for years with a cook. He must roast the meat, but the cook tells him not to put it too close to the fire.It seems Tyl the best thing to bring it to the cellar. 8. The cook understands that Tyl is fooling him and orders him to clear the house, which Tyl again verbally performs by dragging everything out of the house and putting it outside. 9. Tyl is on the street again, but to get money he goes to the king and says he is a painter. As proof he shows a newly purchased painting. He must now paint the portraits of the princes and princesses and receives two helpers. But this noble threesome does not do anything but only lazes around.
10. When the king comes to look, Tyl makes him believe that only sensible people can see what is getting up, but madmen see nothing of the paint. The king says he loves it for fear that one will think he is crazy. The whole court is full of admiration. When they finally find out, Tyltje has disappeared. 11. Tyl continues with his two friends. To get money one one of them simulates that he can not walk anymore and has severe pain. Tyl goes around with his hat, and out of pity everyone gives something. 12. But the last picture shows that he was as healthy as a fish.
 


The box from publisher Wedea (not mentioned, but from Amsterdam, and also publisher of the City Series) contains 12 hand-coloured lantern slides with drawings in the format 8.2 x 8.2 cm, provided with a cover glass.
De IJsmannetjes - The little Ice men.

The Dutch story De IJsmannetjes by Jacq(ueline) van der Nagel was brought to bookstores in 1923 by G.B. van Goor and Sons from Gouda. The illustrations in the book are made by Enna (Elisabeth Francisca) Nieuwenhuis (Utrecht 5 May 1882 - Renkum 2 January 1971) who was married to J.D. Domela Nieuwenhuis Nyegaard.

The initials MB are shown on some of the images in this series of lantern slides.
Possibly it concerns here drawings by Johan Briedé (1886-1980) who sometimes signed with MB as a tribute to his wife (Mary Grietje Brandsma).



They came in a long line, the ice-men who swept the ice rinks in the evening. And when they shone and gleamed in the morning like mirrors and the snow was lying in heaps, the people said: "Look, the wind cleared the ice rink last night!" - Those stupid people! The ice-men had done it, but they did not know that, because the little fellows always hide because they are afraid of those big, clumsy people.
When Kees went to see the rink where he would be held a riot race that afternoon early in the morning, he saw an ice-man standing by the reeds in the distance. He thought it was a duck and threw a stone at him. Luckily he missed, but the ice-man shook his fist with a fury and shouted loudly: "Wait, I will not forget you!"
That afternoon the ice-man was hiding among the reeds with a large chunk of ice in his hand, and when Kees drove past him, he threw the piece of ice right in front of his feet. Kees fell back on the ice and a thin stream of blood ran from his hat over the ice.
He was carried home by a group of men. The ice-man was very shocked, because he had not meant it that way. So he came up with a plan to make it up again.
Kees had recovered, but had to stay in bed for a few days. Every night, when Mother had gone down, six little ice-men came sitting at the foot of his bed, telling him in turn a story about their lives. For instance how they once saved a baby when the stork that bore a baby crashed and they brought the baby to a young mother.
They also brought home two brothers who were lost on the ice of the big lake, and when they were in distant Siberia, they saved a woman and her child, who were seated on the sleigh, were threatened by bloodthirsty wolves. They helped the coachman by shooting the wolves with their pistols.
The fifth evening an ice-man told about the North Pole and his encounter with a polar bear, who thought he was his polar bear pup. The last ice-man said that in the spring the ice-men would return to the high North. Their king lived there and they were accountable to them for their good and bad deeds. Those who were angry, fiery, and ugly would be banned. He confessed that he was the one who had thrown the lump of ice at Kees and now he was afraid he would be punished by the king.
Kees said that he was not crossed with him and that he had already made up for his deed by telling stories when he was sick. After all, he was the one who had thrown a stone first. Then the little man was cheerful and happy again, for he knew for sure that the king would forgive him.
A week later the ice-men left for good and shortly thereafter the thaw fell.
 
Reuben Davidger: or, captured by Malay pirates

(By permission of Messrs Ward, Lock & Tyler).
A set of twelve slides made by Theobald & Co., England.

Size: 8.2 x 8.2 cm.

 

Unfortunately the numbers 1, 10, 11 and 12 of this series are missing.
 
 
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