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Slide set: Mother's last words (recitation: T.T. Wing, 40 slides, n.d.)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1
Title slide
Slide 2
A worn out woman
Slide 3
He wiped his mother's cold face
Slide 4
'And listen, John'
Slide 5
'Twas in a vision in a dream
Slide 6
'So do not fret'
Slide 7
Aloft her hands she raised
Slide 8
Sadly sobbed the little boys
Slide 9
Wiped away the last sad tear
Slide 10
'Here, lads,' he said, 'divide this bread'
Slide 11
And laid them down upon the floor
Slide 12
Gave them each a slice of bread
Slide 13
Took the woman's corpse away
Slide 14
They found the landlord at his house
Slide 15
'This sixpence will buy a broom
Slide 16
Swept a pathway
Slide 17
Counted up their pence
Slide 18
They went home
Slide 19
Clear rung the bells
Slide 20
The second week was bleak and cold
Slide 21
Shivering, to their bed they crept
Slide 22
Winter time came on
Slide 23
'What, thieve!'
Slide 24
Round a pastry cook's
Slide 25
Sometimes little Christie cried
Slide 26
John saw some shoes outside a door
Slide 27
'There's shoes for you'
Slide 28
John could not rest
Slide 29
Started upright in his bed
Slide 30
The snow was falling
Slide 31
John quickly slipped the shoes inside
Slide 32
With broom in hand and shivering limbs
Slide 33
They took the clothes and pies
Slide 34
'Now for these fine Christmas pies'
Slide 35
I sometimes think I'm going to die
Slide 36
Stopped at home
Slide 37
The lady at the Sunday School
Slide 38
He heard a softly whispered prayer
Slide 39
Bound John apprentice
Slide 40
And then, went up with him on high
Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

Mary Sewell, Mother's last words (London: Jarrold & Sons, n.d.)

Related slide sets

reissue of Mother's last words (story: T.T. Wing, at least 28 slides, n.d.)

see generic title Mother's last words (generic set title – 11 different versions are known)


Wing is identified as the maker because of general similarities of style with other sets known to be by that maker, but also from clear identification of Slides 16, 19, 20 and 23 with locations in Chesterton, where Wing was based in the 1900s-1910s.

The other unidentified exterior locations are assumed to be in the same place, though they have not yet been individually identified and could also be in Cambridge city centre.


40 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3006785

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 29 April 2020

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