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Slide set: Fiddler and crocodile: or, the power of music (recitation: Alfred Pumphrey, 6 slides, 1869)

Known references to this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
The fiddler's coat tail grabbed by a crocodile
Slide 2**
The crocodile lets go on hearing the fiddle
Slide 3**
The crocodile dances on the 'light fantastic toe'
Slide 4**
The crocodile dancing, shakes the Pyramids
Slide 5**
The Pyramids fall, and kill the crocodile
Slide 6**
The fiddler being jolly after his escape
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
List of popular lantern photographs (Birmingham: Alfred Pumphrey, n.d.), 13
Complete catalogue of lantern slides, dissolving views, magic lanterns etc. (London: UK Band of Hope Union, 1891), F [1]

“A very funny set from rough sketches, illustrating the marvellous power of music 'to sooth the savage breast'”

Other reference
Walter D. Welford and Henry Sturmey (compilers), The 'indispensable handbook' to the optical lantern: a complete cyclopaedia on the subject of optical lanterns, slides, and accessory apparatus (London: Iliffe & Son, 1888), 287

“The power of music. The fiddler overcomes a crocodile by the beauty of the strains from a fiddle.”

Lucerna ID  3005307

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 25 February 2024

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