Magic Lantern Show Catalog
Here is a rare early booklet to accompany a magic lantern show that Presbyterians would give to raise awareness of their mission and to seek donations to fund those missions.
Stereopticon Lectures on Home Missions: INDIANS; Descriptive of the Unique and Picturesque Red Men and Missions Among Them. Literature Department, Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church, 156 Fifth Avenue, New York. Circa 1885. 32 page lecture guide for the set of 75 stereopticon (magic lantern) glass slide photographs (not included).

A list of the 75 images and the lecture text for each image.

$75  plus $2.50 postage, packing, & insurance (international orders extra). For faster shipping, inquire. Credit cards not accepted. [shelf locator: Ephemera Notebook: Magic Lantern]  Inventory #1370 . To order this item email
For sale: magic lantern booklet of slides of American

Asahel Curtis Magic
              Lantern Slide of Seattle, birds-eye-view, Smith Tower

Asahel Curtis

Magic Lantern glass slide of Seattle by Asahel Curtis, with Smith Tower in the foreground, probably taken in the 1930's. Hand colored. There is a reflection in the pic that is not in the slide.

$45  plus $4.80 postage (international orders extra). Credit cards not accepted. [shelf locator: photography drawer, AHBWP slides]  To order this item email

Joseph Henry Sharp
Offered is a wonderful, very carefully hand-tinted, original magic lantern glass slide
of Taos artist Joseph Henry Sharp, shown painting an Indian. They are outside Sharp's new Taos studio (see Fenn: Teepee Smoke, page 225).

The slide was published by the Santa Fe Railroad.

3.75 x 4 inches. Excellent condition.
 [shelf locator: photography drawer, AHBWP slides]

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Joseph Henry Sharp
Photograph of
              Joseph Henry Sharp shown painting an Indian at Taos
close-up of Joseph
              Henry Sharp painting an Indian

Severa Tafoya and
              Maria Tafoya glass photograph
Severa & Maria Tafoya
Original magic lantern glass slide, circa 1930

Severa and Maria Tafoya, potters, of Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico at the home of Wm. L. Earl, as the label states.

  3.75 x 4 inches. Very good condition.

  [shelf locator: photography drawer, AHBWP slides]

$195.00 plus $5.00 postage & packing & insurance (international orders extra) for this slide.
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Severa & Maria
              Tafoya glass magic lantern slide

USS Enterprise

Nice 1898 magic lantern slide photograph of the USS Enterprise (1874), a 3 masted barque-rigged screw sloop. By W. Packard & F. Endicott. 3 1/4" x 4". Very good condition slide of this U.S. war ship.

  [shelf locator: probably photography drawer, AHBWP slides]

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For sale: 1898 magic lantern slide photograph of the
              USS Enterprise (1874), a 3 masted barque-rigged screw

Wiki: USS Enterprise, a barque-rigged screw sloop, was launched 13 June 1874 at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, USA, by John W. Griffiths, a private contractor; and commissioned 16 March 1877, Commander George C. Remey in command. She was later commanded by Bowman H. McCalla around 1890.
Enterprise's first duty after fitting out at Norfolk, Virginia took her to the mouth of the Mississippi River for surveying operations. Returning to Norfolk in April 1878, she remained there only briefly, sailing 27 May, for surveying duty up the Amazon and Madeira Rivers. This completed, she repaired at New York City, then (December 1878) joined the U.S. naval forces in European waters, calling at numerous ports in northern Europe and in the Mediterranean. She returned to the Washington Navy Yard on 9 May 1880 and was placed out of commission.
Recommissioned on 12 January 1882, she cruised the east coast until 1 January 1883 when she sailed on a three-year hydrographic survey that took her completely around the world. Her findings on this cruise added materially to the knowledge of the oceans, their currents, and their bottoms. During the journey she was a neutral witness of the Battle of Fuzhou on 23 August 1884 during the Sino-French War war. Enterprise was decommissioned at New York on 21 March 1886.
Placed back in commission on 4 October 1887, Enterprise sailed from Boston in January 1888 for two years in the waters of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the east coast of Africa, where she showed the flag and looked out for United States' interests. She returned to New York in March 1890 and was decommissioned on 20 May.
Enterprise was again commissioned 8 July 1890, and for the next year operated principally in the Caribbean. From September 1891 until September 1892, she served as training and practice ship at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. On 17 October 1892 at Boston, she was lent to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for duty as a school ship at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In that capacity she trained cadets for some 17 years (the current MMA training ship was named USTS Enterprise in honor of her until the name was changed to USTS Kennedy). Returned to the Navy on 4 May 1909, Enterprise was sold on 1 October 1909.
For sale: 1898 magic lantern slide photograph of the
              USS Enterprise (1874), a 3 masted barque-rigged screw

Magic Lantern Slide

Photographers at Yosemite

A wonderful hand colored lantern slide of two photographers working at Yosemite, I believe.

Very good condition.

[shelf locator: lantern slides (photography drawer, map file?)]
$250 plus $5.00 postage & packing & insurance (international orders extra) for this fine slide. To order this item email
For sale: Magic lantern slide of 19th century
              Photographers working at Yosemite.

For sale: original magic lantern glass slide of
              Joseph Hardy Nessema, Japanese scholar.
Magic Lantern Slide
Joseph Hardy Nessema
Early Japanese Scholar
A nice hand colored lantern slide of Joseph Hardy Neesima.

From Wikipedia: In this Japanese name, the family name is Niijima. Joseph Hardy Neesima (新島 襄 Niijima Jō, 12 February 184323 January 1890) was a Japanese educator of the Meiji era, the founder of Doshisha University and Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts.
Neesima was born in Edo (present-day Tokyo), the son of a retainer of the Itakura clan of Annaka. His childhood name was Niijima Shimeta (新島七五三太?).
In 1864, laws on national isolation were still in effect in Japan, and Japanese people were not permitted to travel overseas without government permission. However, Neesima had read extensively on various rangaku topics, and was determined to come to America. At the age of 21, he entreated Captain William T. Savory, of Salem, Massachusetts, commander of the brig, Berlin, for safe passage to the United States, in order to further study Western science and Christianity. Captain Savory agreed to help him, so long as Neesima came on board at night, without assistance from the ship's crew. Knowing Neesima could be executed if apprehended, Savory hid Neesima from customs officials in his stateroom. He then secured Neesima's passage from China to the United States on the Wild Rover, commanded by Captain Horace Taylor of Chatham, Massachusetts. The Wild Rover was owned by Alpheus Hardy.
When he arrived in Andover, Massachusetts, he was sponsored by Alpheus and Susan Hardy, members of Old South Church, who also saw to his education. He attended Phillips Academy from 1865 to 1867 and then Amherst College from 1867 to 1870. Upon graduating from Amherst, Neesima became the first Japanese person to receive a degree from a western college. In the meantime, in 1866, he was baptized and from 1870 to 1874 he studied at the Andover Theological Seminary. In 1874, he became the first Japanese to be ordained as a Protestant minister. When the Iwakura Mission visited the United States on its around-the-world expedition, he assisted as an interpreter. Neesima attended the 65th annual meeting of the Congregational church in Rutland, Vermont in 1874, and made an appeal for funds to start a Christian school in Japan. With the support and funding received, he returned to Japan, and in 1875 founded a school in Kyoto, which grew rapidly and became Doshisha University. He was assisted by his wife Neesima Yae and brother-in-law Yamamoto Kakuma, who were also active with the local Christian community in Kyoto. In 1889, Amherst College honored him with an honorary doctorate, the first ever awarded to a Japanese person. He died in Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture, and was buried in Kyoto. He was honored on a Japanese postage stamp in 1950. In his honour, Niijima Gakuen Junior College (新島学園短期大学 Niijima gakuen tanki daigaku) was founded. It is a private junior college in Takasaki, Gunma, Japan. Similarly, there is Niijima Gakuen Senior College, which has close links to Doshisha University


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