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Slide set: Excelsior! (song: Riley Brothers, 10 slides, 1893)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1
Slide 2
A youth who bore 'mid snow and ice
Slide 3
But like a silver clarion, rung
Slide 4
In happy homes he saw the light
Slide 5
'Try not the pass,' the old man said
Slide 6
'Oh! stay,' the maiden cried --
Slide 7
Beware the pine tree's withered branch
Slide 8
At break of day, as heavenward
Slide 9
Half-buried in the snow --
Slide 10
Like a falling star
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1893-1914 (item ref. 617)

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 186)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 396)

Main type of image
drawing / painting / print
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Michael Balfe, ‘Excelsior’ in Short lantern readings 28 (1899)

Related slide set

see generic title Excelsior (generic set title – 3 different versions are known)

People involved in slide production

WEEKS, Frank F.  (1845-1914) – creator of source image(s), all 10 slides


Weeks is identified as the artist by his 'FFW' monogram on the title slide (at bottom left, on the bottom of the shaft holding the banner), and also credited in the Tyler catalogue.


10 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3000930

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 20 March 2024

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