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Slide set: Poor Pa's trousers (story: Alfred Pumphrey, 9 slides, in/before 1888)

Known references to this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
Mr Spriggings orders a new pair of trousers for his Club Dinner, but they are a little too long
Slide 2**
Asks his eldest daughter to alter them, but she cannot leave the piano
Slide 3**
His second daughter cannot leave her essay on Rational Dress
Slide 4**
His wife cannot leave off reading an important debate on the Women's Suffrage question
Slide 5**
He is obliged to go to his Club in an old pair of check trousers
Slide 6**
Cecilia relents and leaves the piano, and cuts a piece off the legs
Slide 7**
Sophronia, having completed her essay, does the same
Slide 8**
Ma, after three hours' reading, remembers his request
Slide 9**
The result -- Pa's trousers converted into a pair of knickerbockers
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Catalogue and price list of magic lantern slides and photographic transparencies (London: J. Brandon Medland, c.1889), C 8

“From Funny Folks. By permission.”

Complete catalogue of lantern slides, dissolving views, magic lanterns etc. (London: UK Band of Hope Union, 1891), F [1]

“Copied by permission from Funny Folks. A most humorous story illustrating the saying, 'Save me from my friends.'”

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), 303

“His trousers are by mistake cut shorter by each member of his family, with astonishing results. A slight hit, too, at the higher education of women.”

Lucerna ID  3005555

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 8 October 2021

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