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Slide set: Gabriel Grub, a Christmas story: or, the sexton who was stolen by goblins (story: York & Son, 17-19 slides, c.1875)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
Kissing under the mistletoe
Slide 1a**
Old Wardle tells the story
Slide 2

no image available
Slide 3**
He sat himself down on a flat tombstone
Slide 4**
Close to him was a strange unearthly figure
Slide 5**
Playing at leapfrog with the tombstones
Slide 6**
He found himself in a large dark cavern
Slide 7**
A thick cloud rolled gradually away
Slide 8**
A crowd of little children were gathered round
Slide 9**
He was wet and weary
Slide 10**
Then he sat down to his meal
Slide 11**
The fairest and youngest child lay dying
Slide 12**
The father and mother were old and helpless now
Slide 13**
The few who had survived then knelt by their tomb
Slide 14**
A rich and beautiful landscape was disclosed
Slide 15**
Lying at full length on the tombstone
Slide 16**
The lantern, the spade, and the wicker bottle
Slide 17**
He told his story to the Clergyman and to the Mayor
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1887-1914 (item ref. 65)

in stock of J. Brandon Medland, 1889

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of E.G. Wood, 1894 (item ref. 1391)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 455)

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 159)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 471)

in stock of J.W. Butcher, 1913

in stock of Ivens & Co., 1913

Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
Readings or songs

Charles Dickens, ‘Gabriel Grub: or, the goblins who stole the sexton’ in Descriptive readings and lectures 1

Charles Dickens, Gabriel Grub: or, the story of the goblins who stole a sexton (London: York & Son, n.d.)

Related slide set

possibly same as Gabriel Grub (story: Newton & Co., 18 slides, in/before 1888)

People appearing in slides

DICKENS, Charles  (1812-1870) – slide [1]

YORK, Frederick  (1823-1903) – slide 17


The Riley catalogue gives the total as 20 slides, because the panorama and effect slides were charged as though they included extra slides. Similarly the Ivens catalogue gives the total 'set equal to 22'. The E.G. Wood catalogue only lists 17 slides, omitting 1a and the unnumbered title slide.


18 slides known to exist in private collection

18 slides in Musée de Photographie à Charleroi

Lucerna ID  3000430

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 4 May 2024

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