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2018 Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon

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Wagner Free Institute of Science

1700 W Montgomery Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19121

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~ Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon ~
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6 to 8 pm

Celebrate Archives Month Philly at the Wagner Free Institute of Science as we showcase glass lantern slides from the special collections of Bryn Mawr College, the Franklin Institute, the Free Library of Philadelphia, The Historical Society of Frankford, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science during the 6th annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon.

In the spirit of lantern exhibition culture, this salon will bring together unique and rarely-seen images presented in the context for which they were originally created. Sit back and enjoy as we explore the world of mining for minerals; ride the rails of the Frankford El; feast your eyes on souvenir photos from Yokohama, Japan and the work of the Lantern and Lens Gild of Women Photographers; beware the evils of alcohol as we hear the tale of the 'Gin Shop'; and so much more!

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Predating the motion picture, lantern slides were used for entertainment and to illustrate educational programs. The Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon will be held in the Wagner’s Victorian-era lecture hall using an historic lantern projector. Please join us for a rare treat as we revive an old technology in order to see culturally significant lantern slide collections from the libraries and archives of Philadelphia’s most distinguished institutions.

Images:

  • Top left: From the T. Enami photo house in Yokohama, Japan. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
  • Top right: Outcrop / A Copper Vein, San Francisco [Hill, Dominican Republic]. c.1905. By F. Lynwood Garrison. Franklin Institute
  • Body left: “Miss Allis ‘snapping’ gulls!” lantern slide, Aug. 1931, Lantern and Lens Gild of Women Photographers records [Coll. 3085]. Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
  • Body right: Frankford Trolley at Orthodox and Frankford, 1905. The Historical Society of Frankford.


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