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Slide set: A trap to catch a sunbeam (story: York & Son, 15 slides, in/before 1888)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
David smoking and ruminating
Slide 2**
David starting to his feet in terror
Slide 3**
The spirit
Slide 4
David's visit to Mrs Dennis
Slide 5
You're my son, ain't you my blessing
Slide 6**
Bless you, this is real charity
Slide 7**
The rescue
Slide 8**
David's astonishment
Slide 9**
David and Mrs Dennis shaking hands
Slide 10**
I think he's lost
Slide 11**
Good David
Slide 12**
The Mother clasped her lost treasure
Slide 13**
David in church
Slide 14
The visit to David
Slide 15**
The Bible read to David
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of W.C. Hughes, dates unknown

in stock of J. Brandon Medland, 1889

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1890-1914 (item ref. 288)

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of E.G. Wood, 1894 (item ref. 1384)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of Newton & Co., 1899-1912 (item ref. IC)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 459)

in stock of J.W. Butcher, 1913

in stock of Church Army, 1913 (item ref. LM 11)

in stock of Ivens & Co., 1913

Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
unknown  (latest possible 1888)
Reading or song

Matilda Mackarness, A trap to catch a sunbeam (London: Crosby Lockwood & Co., 1887)

People appearing in slides

YORK, Frederick  (1823-1903) – slide 13


The slide titles in the Newton catalogue are longer than those in Ivens, but appear to describe the same scenes, though Slide 3 is described as an Effect in the Newton list. It's possible there were two different versions of this set.


14 slides known to exist in private collection

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

Lucerna ID  3000614

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 4 May 2024

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