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A Host of Angels

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A Host of Angels

A group of prints featuring angels, reproduced from Victorian lantern slides.

A Host of Angels

Lantern slides are a very good source for the depiction of angels. This is not surprising given that Church halls were frequently used for lantern shows.

So here is a selection, mainly rather beautiful, but in one case gruesome and beautiful at the same time.

Two of our slides, “Angels are near” and “the Spirits’ Flight” were used by Margaret Barker in her book “An extraordinary gathering of angels”.

Birmingham Photographs Gallery


Mostly lantern slides collected at random. The exposure times were a bit too long to get a sharp image of Princess Christian as she left New Street Station en route to open the General Hospital.

Famous People Gallery

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Famous People

Personalities of the period, from lantern slides, engravings, cartes-de-visites and woodburytypes.

The Royal Family Gallery

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The Royal Family

The first group are cartes-de-visites of the Royal family taken by Mayall including some dated 1st March 1861. The second group shows the Prince of Wales and the Princess of Denmark, to become Princess Alexandra, and her family. The next group includes the official photograph released for the Diamond Jubilee. The last two photographs are from stereocards of the funeral procession of the Queen and show the German Emperor, the Kaiser, walking on the right of King Edward, and the veiled ladies of the court walking behind.

Paris Gallery

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Images taken from French glass stereo-positives. One looks as though it is taken from half way up Notre Dame and has an estimated date of 1855. Image 6 is included for the figure of a man on the roof of the hut!

Photographs by Marion Silverston Gallery

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Photographs by Marion Silverston

Probably Birmingham’s first female professional photographer. She had a studio in Edgbaston. Her name is written on a number of these lantern slides and they may have been exhibited at Birmingham Photographic Society.

Photographs by AGB Gallery

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Photographs by AGB

A selection from a stack of lantern slides by AGB found in a junk shop in Erdington. Those selected look to be from holidays in this country, and the Alps.

Photographs of London by WLFW Gallery

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Photographs of London by WLFW

We know the photographer’s initials, WLFW, and we know the date, 1910, but that is all. An obvious ‘eye’ for a good photograph.

Miscellaneous Images Gallery

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A miscellaneous collection picked to show some of the contrasts of the day. The ‘Promenade’ might well be the Sunday afternoon parade at Scarborough.

Employees of Tubes Ltd, Aston in 1901

Employees of Tubes Ltd, Aston in 1901

Tubes Ltd

Employees of Tubes Ltd, Aston in 1901

Recently a box of glass negatives was found containing six photographs taken at Tubes Ltd of Aston in 1901. Continue reading