C.1930’S SCARCE GLASS LANTERN SLIDE METHODIST INLAND MISSION CAR BROKEN DOWN PRESIDENT-GENERAL REV. A. BELL ASLEEP WITH HEAD IN A BOX Q24.
We have on offer an original C.1930’S Glass Lantern Slide depicting a the President-General of the METHODIST INLAND MISSION, Reverend A.Bell sleeping with his head in a box. Apparently the vehicle he was travelling in broke down leaving the party to sleep the night on the side of the road in Central Australia.These extremely rare glass positive slides were found in an old shed here in Adelaide & it is believed they were once owned by a pioneer MIM (Methodist Inland Mission) worker who extensively toured Australian outback areas, in both indigenous & non indigenous areas.The slides were used for instructional & educational purposes both for public & MIM staff inservice & venues such as schools, community/charity & fraternal groups, universities & higher learning, public gatherings, churches & religious groups etc. Often they were used by thecinema/movie theatres just before the screening of their major movies ……. in this forum & context the slides were often coloured.The Methodist Inland Mission existed from 1926 to 1977working mainly in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Early images connected to the Mission are really quite scarce. The mission was travelling ministry designed to minister to outback people. This glass slide was produced by T W Cameron, Slide Specialist, 430 Bourke Street, Melbourne. He produced glass slides from 1926 to the mid 1940’s.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.
Width …….. 8.2 cms.
Height …….. 8.2 cms.
Weight …….. 50 grams.