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Man and Woman on SteamboatThis section of the antique photo image gallery focuses on First Nations life in the 1880s. As well as these First Nations images there are 2,300 magic lantern slide images from 1870 to 1905. This gives a wonderful picture of life in Victorian Canada as well as a window into many places around the world during this era. Magic lantern slides are small squares of glass on which an image has been formed by a very early photographic process. They are then placed in the slide of a projector and a picture illuminates a screen. These were frequently used to illustrate travels in the Victorian era or to tell stories even to deter the abuse of alcohol or other social anomalies at the time. They were very popular in small towns before the introduction of black and white silent movie images. These were followed by color cinema productions with voice over and then to what we have today.✞

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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 from that time. These historical images were collected by a gifted photographer, The Rev Canon P. L. Spencer, (1875-1932) from his travels to visit his children who were clergy or missionaries across Canada and the USA and abroad.

Named Westdale Ontario

The slides were then projected as lantern slides programs to audiences in Southern Ontario, Canada. These 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 heart's content. By the way, Canon Spencer is famous in another way as he won the prize of $200 in 1923 for a "Name the Neighborhood Contest" for the district called Westdale in Hamilton! It was reported at the time that 6,170 people gathered at the Connaught Hotel for this announcement. Enjoy these images! Watch for regular new additions and features.

"Antique Photo Image"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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