|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, Modern Costume, No. 4, one of four sliders in a series of English Costume from the year 1053 [possibly 1035] to the year 1675. Wooden frame with three circular painted lantern slides. Subjects from left to right (as described in the companion booklet) are: English Costume of the Reign of Charles - English Costume of the Interregnum - English Costume of 1675. The top edge of the wooden frame is engraved with the number 4.
The center top front has a remnant of a paper label:
"Copper Pl[ate Sliders]
Modern Costum[e, No. 4]"
Dimensions - wooden frame: approx. 35.2 cm W x 9.6 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