C1890 SCARCE 4 POSITIVE COLOURED PLATE GLASS LANTERN SLIDES RACIST COMIC BLACK AMERICANA “SAMBO’S 5 SENSES” CAME IN A SET OF 5 BUT ONE IS MISSING L39.
We offer for your consideration an original C1890colouredplate glass lantern slide featuring the theme of racist comic Black Americana, entitled “Sambo’s 5Senses” as written on the slides. There are 5 slides in the series with four of the five listed in this lot. The slidesaccentuatethe five senses with the four listed being, ‘Tasting’, ‘Feeling’,’Smelling’ and ‘Hearing’. The slides show an African American male experiencing the four senses in what are racial stereotype poses which by today’s standards are objectionable. These slides were produced in the USA and would have been shown in cinemas and at slide evenings as a form of entertainment. Such slides are quite scarce.
A lantern slide is a positive not a negative which means that very good quality prints can be made from them. Theshowing oflantern slidespreceded movies and by the mid 19th century it was a very popular form ofentertainment. People would travel around the country having lantern slide evenings in local halls. The slides covered many subjects. There was considerable interest in slides such as this one that told about different peoples and different countries. Missionary groups used them to tell people about the work of missionaries in faraway lands. The showing wasactually called a Magic Lantern Slide Evening given that the phenomenon was sounusual. The lanternitself was gaspowered to give the light required for projection. It is an image creating technique now long gone.
The slide is 8.2 cms in width x 8.2 cms in height.