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Slide set: Little Bessie's bun (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 12 slides, 1906)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
Intro. with Title
Slide 2
John Varley quietly made his way, as oft he'd done before
Slide 3
'O daddy,' quoth the simple child, 'give me a penny, pray'
Slide 4
'Here, lassie, here's a penny. Look, a penny six times o'er'
Slide 5
'I'll go and have a quiet walk, and in the country roam'
Slide 6
The fields, he thought, ne'er looked so fair
Slide 7
'Twere well if thousands would choose a walk
Slide 8
'You're just in time, and mother's got us such a pretty feast'
Slide 9
'Come, daddy, sit you down a bit, you surely want a rest'
Slide 10
'I've scolded Bessie well, the puss, for all that money spent'
Slide 11
God bless our little girl, my turning-point she's been
Slide 12
John Varley now has money saved, that buys good food and clothes
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1906-1914 (item ref. 1453)

in stock of Josiah T. Chapman, 1909-1912 (item ref. 1474)

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 1097)

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

‘C.E.P.’, ‘Little Bessie's bun’ in several compilations

Related slide set

see generic title Little Bessie's bun (generic set title – 2 different versions are known)


13 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3001721

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 22 January 2018

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