|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, Ancient Costume, No. 1. Wooden frame believed to be labeled Ancient Costume, No. 1 with four circular painted lantern slides. Subjects from left to right (as described in the companion booklet) are: Osiris and Isis - these are supposed to represent the dresses of the ancient Egyptian Priests and Priestesses - a Phrygian Lady - a Phrygian attired for religious rites. The top edge of the wooden frame is engraved with the number 1.
Paper label - center top:
"Copper Plate Sliders,
Ancient Costume, No. 1."
Dimensions - wooden frame: approx. 35.3 cm W x 9.7 cm H x .7 cm D
Dimensions - slides: approx. 5.6 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. The companion book states that the subjects in the Ancient Costume sliders were taken from the works of Hope and Baxter.
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