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Slide set: Our Father's care (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 14 slides, 1880s)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
When suddenly starting, poor Nelly awoke
Slide 2**
'Ah, Nelly, my blessing,' the sick woman said
Slide 3**
With shivering limbs and her pattering feet
Slide 4**
The Farringdon market is open at five
Slide 5**
Then off to the pump she courageously goes
Slide 6**
And Nelly's poor mother is sick and alone
Slide 7**
And then looked within at his bright blazing fire
Slide 8**
And still Nelly kept singing her song
Slide 9**
The gentleman came down himself to the door
Slide 10**
And now let us look in that poor upper room
Slide 11**
'Ah! Nelly, you've come to see poor father die'
Slide 12**
And the hand of death had broken the chain of his grief and pain
Slide 13**
Mother must not grieve, thought Nelly
Slide 14
When, through the hand of Providence, there came the timely aid
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1887-1914 (item ref. 58)

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of E.G. Wood, 1894 (item ref. 7674)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 515)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 457)

in stock of J.W. Butcher, 1913

Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
1880s  (earliest possible 1883, latest possible 1887)
Reading or song

Mary Sewell, Our Father's care (London: Jarrold & Sons, 1861)

Related slide sets

reissued as Our Father's care (service of song: Bamforth & Co., 14 slides, 1896)

see also Our Father's care: new series (service of song: Bamforth & Co., 44 slides, 1904)

see generic title Our Father's care (generic set title – 6 different versions are known)

People appearing in slides

BAMFORTH, James  (1842-1911) – slides 11-12

BAMFORTH, Mrs Martha  (1843-1894) – slides 1, 6, 10, 13-14


The slide list is identical to that for the service of song based on the poem – it's not clear whether the slides were remade for that set or the same slides reissued.

Slide 4 is a drawing with a photograph of the girl's face pasted on.


13 slides known to exist in private collection

14 slides in The Hecht Collection: Screen Archive South East (University of Brighton)

Lucerna ID  3000423

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 4 May 2024

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