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Man and Woman on SteamboatPlease peruse this antique photos images gallery focusing on First Nations life in the 1880's at your leisure. This collection of 2,300 magic lantern slide images from 1870 to 1905 gives a wonderful picture of life in Victorian Canada as well as a window into many places around the globe during this era. Magic lantern slides are small square pieces of glass on which an image has been formed by a very early photographic process. They are placed in a projector and a picture illuminates a screen. These were frequently used to illustrate travels in the Victorian era or to tell stories. They were very popular in small towns before the introduction of black and white silent moving images and then the live color cinema we have today.

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Here you will find one hundred Native antique photos and over two thousand rare copies of people and places in black and white and hand painted color from that time. These historical images were collected by a gifted photographer, The Rev Canon P. L. Spencer, (1875 - ) from his travels to visit his children who were clergy or missionaries across Canada and the USA and abroad.

Named Westdale Ontario

They were then displayed as magic lantern slides programs to audiences in Southern Ontario, Canada. These antique photos images from Canada, the United States, Borneo, England, Australia and other far flung places are sure to intrigue and please. You are welcome to explore to your hearts content. By the way, Canon Spencer won a prize of $200 in 1923 for winning a "Name the Neighborhood Contest" for the district of Hamilton called Westdale! 6,170 people gathered at the Connaught Hotel for this announcement. Enjoy these images! Watch for regular new additions and features.✞

"Antique Photos Galleries"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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