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Hand-Colored Glass Slides of "The Little Mermaid," c.1910-1920s


Ten incredibly vivid hand painted Dutch glass slides of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." Slides for a magic lantern projector by D. Van Kreveld in Amsterdam from around the 1920s. Labeled "De Kleine Zeemeermin" and numbered 1 to 10.

Slides show the story of "The Little Mermaid." Images are unusually similar to scenes and even "camera angles" in the Disney film "The Little Mermaid" from 1995. Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen did the original sketches for this story for Disney in the 1920s, even though the movie was finally made in the 1990s.  See our blog about Kay Nielsen HERE.

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

In good condition. Slide 2 has two lines inside the layers where the paint has cracked in the middle left of the image. Color on all slides is very bright. few if any cracks or chips, as far as we can tel. Each slide measures 3 1/4 H x 3 1/4 W x 1/4" D. Together, the slides weigh 1 lb. 1/4 oz.

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