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Slide set: Fiddler and crocodile: or, the power of music (recitation: Alfred Pumphrey, 6 slides, 1869)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
The fiddler's coat tail grabbed by a crocodile
Slide 2**
The crocodile lets go on hearing the fiddle
Slide 3**
The crocodile dances on the 'light fantastic toe'
Slide 4**
The crocodile dancing, shakes the Pyramids
Slide 5**
The Pyramids fall, and kill the crocodile
Slide 6**
The fiddler being jolly after his escape
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of H. Husbands & Sons, dates unknown

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of Theobald & Co., 1893

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

see also The power of music (recitation: York & Son, 6 slides, in/before 1888)


The Pumphrey catalogue reverses the title and subtitle, as The power of music: or, the fiddler and the crocodile.

The illustrated slides are clearly marked (visible from the back, concealed by the mount) 'Registered Jan. 1869'. This has been taken as the most likely date of first production, but could also refer to an earlier version of the set, perhaps in a format other than the standard 3.25 inch square. It could also indicate a date of copyright registration of the drawn images, rather than the slide reproductions.


6 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3005307

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 9 March 2024

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