Vintage c1915 British-made magic lantern slide - hand-colored lithographed photo on glass - of a scene from "The Secret Garden", an English classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett first published in 1911. The slide is captioned "A Little Helpmate" in hand-written white ink on one margin. On the other is the legend "copied with the permission of Home Words". In the upper corner is the printed title "Secret Garden".
This image on this slide is that of the main character, a young Victorian orphan girl named Mary Lennox, sitting in a kitchen learning to peel potatoes with her uncle's housekeeper, Mrs. Medlock, standing over her. The story centers around her and her invalid cousin's discovery of a "secret garden" hidden away and kept locked by her reclusive uncle since his wife's death.
Before moving pictures, magic lanterns were used to project on a large screen a series of still images of travel sights, historical events or popular stories - often shown in sequence with the reading of an accompanying text.
Hand-colored lithograph on glass in a metal frame. Measures 3-1/4" x 3-1/4".
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