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Slide set: The curse of drink: a temperance recitation in verse (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 9 slides, 1892)

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Slide 1
And tea being o'er, beside the fire they'd sit, / And she would sew, while Tom would read a bit
Slide 2
Three years roll'd on, and, as is oft the case, / This little family grew in numbers and in grace
Slide 3
About this time poor Tom began to go / And get his glass of beer, just one, you know
Slide 4
Thus Tom, though he was only a beginner, / Prided himself on being a splendid sinner
Slide 5
The mother sits, and silently is weeping / While on her knee a little one is sleeping
Slide 6

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Slide 7
He reels a-pace and falls upon the floor, / Curses himself, his wife, and speaks no more
Slide 8
Well, all this while the wife, with half-crazed head, / Glares on the two dear loved ones now laid dead
Slide 9
A drunken brawl, in which a fellow-man / Had smashed his head in with an ale-house can
Other related organisations

in stock of Wrench & Son, dates unknown

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1892-1914 (item ref. 469)

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 112)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 544)

Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

Robert Lee, ‘The curse of drink’ in Walker's temperance dialogues and recitations 50 (1889)

Related slide set

reissued as The curse of drink (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 17 slides, 1901)

Not in the Bamforth catalogue because it was replaced by a longer version in 1901 - the slide titles are taken from the 1898 Wrench catalogue.
Lucerna ID  3000784

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 17 September 2021

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