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Slide set: The drunkards (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 12 slides, 1880s)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1
'What, Tom!' says I, 'afraid to drink?'
Slide 1a
(Effect) Unseen, the Devil watched them there
Slide 2**
'Take that and die,' said Ned
Slide 3**
He saw him off to prison go
Slide 4**
The moonlight glanced upon a mill
Slide 5**
A squalid form unclosed the door
Slide 6**
He sat him down upon a bank
Slide 6a**
(Effect) He thought about his youthful days
Slide 7**
Be merciful to me, O God
Slide 8**
Homeward, he turned -- he thought of Jane
Slide 9**
Dear William! love me once again
Slide 10**
Oh, when was Sabbath eve like this?
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1887-1914 (item ref. 59)

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 113)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 546)

Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
1880s  (earliest possible 1883, latest possible 1888)
Reading or song

Mary Sewell, The drunkards (n.d.)

People appearing in slides

BAMFORTH, James  (1842-1911) – slides 2-4, 6, 7-10

BAMFORTH, Mrs Martha  (1843-1894) – slides 9-10


12 slides known to exist in private collection

8 slides known to exist in private collection

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

Lucerna ID  3000424

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 10 May 2024

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