Antique Photo Images
Galleries Biography Slides Home

Antique Photo Images

Magic Lantern Slides

Man and Woman on SteamboatThis section of the antique photo image gallery focuses on over a hundred First Nations lantern slides from the 1880s. There are a total of 2,300 magic lantern slide images taken between 1870 and 1905. Photographic slides give a beautiful picture of life in Victorian Canada and a window into many world destinations. Magic lantern slides are small glass squares on which a very early photographic process has formed an image. A projector illuminates this on a screen. Slides illustrate Victorian era travels or were used to tell stories even to deter alcohol abuse or other social problems at the time. They were very popular in small towns before the introduction of black and white silent movie images. Silent films followed slide shows then color cinema productions with voice over to what we have today.✞

HiVu Galleries

Here you will find one hundred native antique photo images and over two thousand rare copies of people and places in black and white and hand-painted color. These historical images were collected by a gifted photographer, The Reverend Canon Percival L. Spencer (1875-1932), from visits to his clergy and missionary children across Canada, the USA, and missionary work abroad.

Westdale Name

Canon Spencer projected the lantern slides programs to audiences in Southern Ontario, Canada. These images were from Canada, the United States, Borneo, England, Australia, and other far-flung places. You are welcome to explore to your heart's content this website for these. By the way, Canon Spencer was famous in another way as he won a prize of $200 in 1923 for a "Name the Neighborhood Contest" for the district called Westdale in Hamilton! At the time, six thousand people gathered at the Connaught Hotel for this announcement. Enjoy these images! Watch for regular news and features.

"Antique Photo Images"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

Previous Next