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Lantern addresses for children

General description of this series

A series of illustrated sermons aimed at children, produced by Riley Brothers between 1912 and (at least) 1915. Each item consists of a set of 18 slides with an accompanying text pamphlet. The images are probably selected from a wide range of existing sources, compiled together into sets to fit an existing sermon theme.

The sets were issued in batches: 5 in 1912, 6 in 1913, 6 in 1914 and 4 in (probably) 1915. The first year's output is attributed in Riley's catalogue to their maker code 'P', while the other two years are attributed to maker 'A', i.e. Riley themselves. The batch for 1915 have not been found in a catalogue reference, but are known (with their series numbers assumed) from their accompanying reading compilation.

Catalogue entries (3)
Season 1912-13: seventh supplement to the general catalogue of lantern slides (Bradford: Riley Brothers, 1912), 5-6

“Specially Designed for use at Sunday Evening Services.

The Addresses have been prepared by a gentleman who is well acquainted with the requirements of children, and the subject matter is adapted to their intelligence. The illustrations are such as will appeal to young people. These sets are sold coloured only.”

Season 1913-14: eighth supplement to the general catalogue of lantern slides (Bradford: Riley Brothers, 1913), 4-5

“Specially Designed for use at Sunday Evening Services.”

Season 1914-15: ninth supplement to the general catalogue of lantern slides (Bradford: Riley Brothers (1914), 1914), 5-6

“A continuation of the very popular series of short Illustrated Addresses, specially designed for use at Sunday Evening Services.”

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Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 23 February 2020

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