|Collection||Anne Laura Clarke Collection|
|Object Name||Slider, Copper Plate|
|Lexicon category||6: T&E For Communication|
Copper plate slider belonging to Anne Laura Clarke.
Copper plate magic lantern slider, Portraits of the Kings and Queens of England, No. 1.
Wooden frame labeled Kings and Queens of England, No. 1 with four circular painted lantern slides. Subjects from left to right (as described in the companion booklet) are Norman Kings: William the Conqueror, William II, and Henry I, and Stephen of the House of Blois. No. 1 of nine sliders in the series.
Paper label - center top:
"Copper Plate Sliders,
Kings and Queens of England, No. 1."
Dimensions - wooden frame: 35.3 cm W x 9.8 cm H x .8 cm D
Dimensions - slides: approx. 5.7 cm diameter
In the personal papers of Anne Laura Clarke is a bill of receipt for the purchase of Magic Lantern Slides dated December 2, 1825 from the store of John McAllister & Son of no. 48 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The receipt lists three sets of slides: Portraits of Kings and Queens (9), Ancient Costume (6) and Modern Costume (56). The cost of each slide is listed as $1.25.
Donated with the copper plate sliders is a photocopy of a booklet belonging to Anne Laura Clarke, "A Companion to the Magic Lantern: Part II: Containing a Description of the Subjects ....", 1823. The original was annotated with handwritten notes.
Anne Laura Clarke (1788-1861) of Northampton, Massachusetts was an educator and public lecturer, traveling about the East Coast speaking on subjects of historical and geographical interest.
Clarke, Anne Laura