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Hand-Colored Glass Lantern Slides of Randolph Caldecott's "John Gilpin," c.1910s-1920s


Set of glass slides of story "John Gilpin." Printed glass slides for a magic lantern show, hand painted and published by D. Van Kreveld in Amsterdam, most likely from the 1910s to 1920s.

Total of 26 slides. Numbered 1 to 28. Slides were printed during various times, as the design of Van Kreveld's logo and contact information changes at least 6 times.

Images are taken from illustrations by Randolph Caldecott, who is the origin of the children's illustration award the Caldecott Medal. Slide 11 with Gilpin on the runaway horse is what the Caldecott Medal images comes from. The original images were printed in the book "The Diverting History of John Gilpin" in 1878 for printer Edmund Evans. The original printing blocks still survive in London.

Kreveld had a magic lantern and slides rental service in Amsterdam that was prevalent in the 1920s. He also co-authored a book on the art of using the slide projector titled Projectiekunst (1928).

In good condition. Slides number 2 and 3 are missing. Slides 15, 17, 18, and 19 have large cracks in them but remain intact. Some scratching and wear on all slides, as can be expected from age and use.

Each slide measures about 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 1/8". Together the slides weigh 2 lbs. 5 1/4 oz.

Please inquire to see more images of this set of glass slides! We also have many more glass magic lantern and stereoscopic slides available.


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