October 9, 2018
Posted in PHS McLean Library on October 1, 2018
By Janet Evans, Associate Director, PHS McLean Library
Predating the motion picture, lantern slides were used for entertainment and to illustrate educational programs and courses. The PHS McLean Library houses hundreds of hand-colored glass slides dating from 1900-1940s, depicting plants and gardens from all over the world.
On Wednesday, October 17, I will be part of a panel of librarians, archivists and curators from Philadelphia cultural institutions who will be showing lantern slides from their collections in the Wagner Free Institute of Science’s popular annual Lantern Slide Salon. Step back in time and see slides projected from an historic lantern projector in the Wagner’s Victorian-era lecture hall. This free event is part of Archives Month Philly, a celebration of Philadelphia’s rich repositories located in the many archives, libraries and museums in the city.
At this year’s Lantern Slide Salon, I will show a selection of hand-colored lantern slides primarily from the T. Enami photography studio of Yokohama, Japan, in business from 1892 to 1945. T. Enami was the trade name of Enami Nobukuni, one of Japan’s master photographers, whose work was first introduced to western audiences when it appeared in National Geographic. His photographs appeared in all popular formats of the day from large-format tourist albums to stereoviews and colored glass lantern slides. In this presentation, we’ll look at exquisitely colored photographs of gardens, parks, tea houses and their occupants.
Other institutions showing their slides include: Bryn Mawr College; Franklin Institute; Free Library of Philadelphia; The Historical Society of Frankford; Historical Society of Pennsylvania; and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.
Register here for this free event.