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Slide set: The way to Heaven (service of song: Bamforth & Co., 38 slides, 1892)

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Slide 1
A little ragged boy was wandering in the streets of Glasgow
Slide 2
A wretched abode high up in an attic in the Old Wynd
Slide 3
'Keep to the right till you pass three streets, turn down that street and keep to the right'
Slide 4
'Jesus is the way to heaven,' he said
Slide 5
Bertie looked at the bright, glittering sixpence he held in his hand
Slide 6
The poor old drunkard lifted his besotted face and murmured
Slide 7
'Oh, Jeannie, I'll tell you the way to heaven,' he said
Slide 8
The next acquaintance Bertie met was an old Irishwoman
Slide 9
'What's the matter, mother?' asked Bertie, throwing his arms around her
Slide 10
'Bertie, my boy, don't grieve so for me,' she said
Slide 11
So they both knelt down and Bertie prayed
Slide 12
A young lady handed an invitation to come to the free breakfast
Slide 13
Bertie arrived at the Drill Hall door an hour before the time
Slide 14
Mr Scott gave out his text from John xiv., 6
Slide 15
'That I will,' he replied, as he wrote down the address in his pocket book
Slide 16
Then turning to Bertie she asked, 'What is your name, my wee man?'
Slide 17
He stood upon a stool. 'And I'll be the peoples and listen,' said Daisy
Slide 18
The two children ran to meet their mother
Slide 19
Bertie walked in next day. He was very anxious about his mother
Slide 20
'What, no fire!' exclaimed Mr Scott, as he looked round the miserable room
Slide 21
Mr Scott gave her the Bible
Slide 22
Bertie was out selling his newspapers
Slide 23
A crowd collected, the car was backed, and he was lifted out
Slide 24
Mrs Hunter expressed her sympathy for the widow in her trying circumstances
Slide 25
They had a visit from poor old drunkard Ben
Slide 26
'Jesus died for sinners, therefore Jesus died for me,' he would exclaim
Slide 27
'Take this precious book, Bertie. It is the only thing I can give you'
Slide 28
'How are you to-day, Bertie?' said Mrs Hunter
Slide 29
But he had not slept long when his mother called him
Slide 30**
'You will soon be through, mother dear, and Heaven is on the other side'
Slide 31
Alone with God and the dead, he bowed his heart and knee and prayed
Slide 32
Mr Scott pleaded with them to yield to Him
Slide 33
The driver put his arm round him and spoke words of comfort
Slide 34
He clasped his mother's Bible to his heart
Slide 35
Bertie stood in the busy street homeless, friendless, and alone
Slide 36
'The landlord has taken everything for the rent and sent me away'
Slide 37
The procession, four deep, amounted to six thousand
Slide 38
Nine years have made a great change, and God had given him a great friend in Mrs Hunter
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of R. Ballantine, dates unknown

in stock of Gardner & Co. [1891-1920], dates unknown

in stock of P.T. M'Rostie, dates unknown

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1892-1914 (item ref. 464)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 134)

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 196)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 494)

in stock of J.W. Butcher, 1913

in stock of Church Army, 1913 (item ref. LM 4)

Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
service of song
Date of first manufacture
Person linked to this set

model: BAMFORTH, James  (1842-1911) – slides 6, 25 and 26, as Ben the drunkard

Reading or song

John J. Rae (arr. James Tipton), The way to Heaven: a service of song (Glasgow: Bayley & Ferguson, n.d.)

Events where this set was shown

[Magic lantern service] (lantern service, Dudley, Worcestershire, England, 15 April 1895)

[Magic lantern service] (lantern service, Reading, Berkshire, England, 1902)

[Magic lantern entertainment] (lantern entertainment, Minster, Kent, England, 13 January 1904)

Slide 14 of the illustrated set shows, inexplicably, a York & Son label under the cover glass, though it's clearly a Bamforth slide in all other respects.

38 slides known to exist in private collection

1 slide known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3000779

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 5 May 2024

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