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Slide set: Poor Mike: the story of a waif (service of song: Walter Tyler, 18 slides, 1889-1890)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1
Slide 2
A famous kitchen in the village
Slide 3

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Slide 4
She kept a little newspaper shop
Slide 5
The 'Blue Sheep'
Slide 6
'It's best you should know, Mike,' she said
Slide 7
She started up from her chair
Slide 8
I heard her praying to the Good Lord for May and me
Slide 9

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Slide 10

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Slide 11

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Slide 12
'May,' says I, 'look at the shining water'
Slide 13
'You'll have to answer for this,' said he
Slide 14

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Slide 15

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Slide 16
There came into his eyes a dreamy expression
Slide 17

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Slide 18
He passed away like a child falling asleep
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1890-1914 (item ref. 301)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1891-1909 (item ref. 467)

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of Onward Publishing Office, 1892

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of Peter Feathers, 1901

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 390)

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 380)

in stock of Church Army, 1913 (item ref. LM 49)

Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
service of song
Date of first manufacture
unknown  (earliest possible 1889, latest possible 1890)
Reading or song

Silas K. Hocking, Poor Mike: the story of a waif (Manchester: Onward Publishing Office and S.W. Partridge & Co., n.d.)


The slide titles are taken from the Lizars catalogue - the titles on the slides themselves may have been slightly different.

Slide 4 shows a newspaper placard dated Saturday 31 August, a combination of day and date which occurred in 1889. The legible headlines on the same placard refer to the intervention of Cardinal Manning in the British dockers' strike, which began on 14 August of that year, and other events of the same month.

The 1906 North of England Temperance League catalogue mentions 20 slides, without listing individual titles, which might suggest another version of the set. 


11 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3000630

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 4 May 2024

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