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Slide set: Midnight adventures with a flea (recitation: York & Son, 12 slides, in/before 1888)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1
Mr Morpheus' sweet slumbers disturbed by a flea
Slide 2
He finds that to sleep is impossible
Slide 3
He searches for the tormenting insect
Slide 4
He continues the search, even in his nightcap
Slide 5
Not succeeding, he looks in the bed
Slide 6
Determined to find him he turns up the bed
Slide 7
Ah! he feels him in his stocking. He gets up
Slide 8
And, by holding the candle close, discovers his enemy
Slide 9
Fearing that he may hop away, he wets his finger
Slide 10
He has got him at last, but he may hop yet
Slide 11
With the aid of a pin he burns him in the candle
Slide 12
He gets into bed, and sleeps like a top
Other related organisations

in stock of J. Brandon Medland, 1889

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of E.G. Wood, 1894 (item ref. 1806)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of Peter Feathers, 1901

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 33)

in stock of Ivens & Co., 1913

Main type of image
drawing / painting / print
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
unknown  (latest possible 1888)
Source of slide images

Wilhelm Busch, Der floh (1865)

Readings or songs

‘Midnight adventures with a flea’ in several compilations

J.J. Lane, ‘The tale of a flea’ in several compilations

Related slide set

see also Tompkins and the mosquito (story: W. Rider & Co., 12 slides, in/before 1913)

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 floh of 1865, but have been redrawn.

12 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3001897

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 17 May 2024

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