Rare Magic Lantern Slide Set of 8 Nursery Rhymes Comic Tales
London: W. Butcher & Sons, c 1900
Primus Junior Lecturers’ Series A
This rare set of magic lantern picture slides was made by the British firm of W. Butcher and Sons who sold high-quality lithographic magic lantern slides manufactured in Germany under its Primus Junior Lecturer's series, made between 1870 and 1900. The slides were marketed for home use with beautiful colorful images that could be projected using just an incandescent gas or an electric light bulb for illumination. The slides themselves were produced by a lithographic process and sold in multiples of eight in a cardboard box for about 2 shillings per set.
The Primus Junior Lecturers' Series of ‘Comic Stories and Nursery Tales” was issued in three "chapters," or sets of eight slides each. The illustrations are brightly colored and extremely appealing renditions of original images from childrens’ early ABC primer books. The slides measure approximately 3¼" in width and height square, with a black background surrounding circular central image and dark brown paper binding tape.
This complete set contains 8 images:
1. Hushaby Baby on the Tree Top
2. Hey Diddle Diddle the Cat and the Fiddle
3. Little Boy Blue come blow your horn
4. Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
5. Little Miss Muffett sat on a tuffet
6. Tom Tom the Pipers Son
7. Little Jack Horner sat in a corner, and
8. Dickery Dickerly Dock the Mouse Ran up the Clock.
The slides are in great condition with no cracks, chips, or restoration. The paper binding tape is a little tatty with some scuffing bit the images are bright and clear with just a small amount of crazing, as shown in the detail photos. The set is a complete set without its original box. A fantastic imaginative set of colorful slides given to a lucky child well over 100 years ago! They display beautifully on a window will or can be framed and hung between two pieces of glass to suspend in a bright spot.
Children's magic lantern colored slide sets of this quality are quite scarce and highly sought after. The set will make a stunning complement to any collection of early children's wares, nursery tales, juvenile literature and story wares.
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