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An Energetic Eight Year Old

Lantern Slides of Canon Spencer

Sphinx and PyramidsPercival Lawson Spencer arrived in Canada from Portsmouth, England as an energetic eight year old on the 25th September 1853 with his mother and brother. They had embarked on the ship "Prince Albert" bound for New York five weeks before. The voyage proved to be almost continuously rough. In mid-Atlantic ocean, an outbreak of the dreaded disease cholera took forty-seven lives.

Train and Stage Couch Journeys

Canada SteamerOnce landed, the little family traveled by train through Rome and Albany, New York State to Rochester and then overland by stage couch to Owen Sound, Ontario. As the years went by, Canon Spencer traveled across Canada and around the world and faithfully recorded his journeys on glass magic lantern slides. Later, he gave lectures using the same slide collection on such themes as "Ship and Shanty in the Early 50's", "Olden Days", and "Around the World in an Hour and a Half."

Exceptional Amateur Photographer

English Horse drawn OmnibusThe Spencer collection of over 2300 glass slides serve as an exceptional memorial to his abilities as an amateur photographer and his dedication to making a record of his journeys. We are honored to present parts of this collection for your interest and pleasure. Enjoy!

"Spencer Slides Collection"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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