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Slide set: The toothache (recitation: York & Son, 12 slides, in/before 1887)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1
Friend Grimshaw cannot eat his dinner from toothache
Slide 2
He is recommended to smoke
Slide 3
He tries the cold-water cure
Slide 4**
He tries the hot stove
Slide 5**
He goes to bed and piles the bed and pillows upon him
Slide 6**
He calls on Professor Twister
Slide 7**
The Professor examines the offending tooth
Slide 8**
He proposes to extract it
Slide 9**
He has some difficulty in getting him to open his mouth
Slide 10**
He succeeds in extracting the tooth
Slide 11**
Grimshaw pays the Professor his fee
Slide 12**
He returns and eats a hearty meal with his better half
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of Wright & Co., dates unknown

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1887-1914 (item ref. 136)

in stock of J. Brandon Medland, 1889

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of E.G. Wood, 1894 (item ref. 1811)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of Peter Feathers, 1901

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 753)

in stock of Ivens & Co., 1913

Main type of image
drawing / painting / print
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
unknown  (latest possible 1887)
Source of slide images

Wilhelm Busch, Der hohle Zahn (Munich: 1862)

Reading or song

‘The toothache’ in several compilations

Related slide sets

see also The hollow tooth (story: manufacturer unknown, 12 slides, n.d.)

possibly same as The tooth-ache (recitation: Walter Tyler, 12 slides, n.d.)

People involved in slide production

BUSCH, Wilhelm  (1832-1908) – creator of source image(s), all 12 slides


The images are closely based on Busch's original cartoon series Der hohle Zahn of 1862, but have been redrawn.

The Ivens catalogue and the Indispensable handbook refer to the main character as 'Grimshaw', but in the readings he's 'Hans Hopman', reflecting the German origin of this set of images.


1 slide known to exist in private collection

9 slides known to exist in private collection

11 slides known to exist in private collection

Subject keyword
Lucerna ID  3000479

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 18 May 2024

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