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Slide set: Gabriel Grub, a Christmas story: or, the sexton who was stolen by goblins (story: York & Son, 17-19 slides, c.1875)

Known references to this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
Kissing under the mistletoe
Slide 1a**
Old Wardle tells the story
Slide 2

no image available
Slide 3**
He sat himself down on a flat tombstone
Slide 4**
Close to him was a strange unearthly figure
Slide 5**
Playing at leapfrog with the tombstones
Slide 6**
He found himself in a large dark cavern
Slide 7**
A thick cloud rolled gradually away
Slide 8**
A crowd of little children were gathered round
Slide 9**
He was wet and weary
Slide 10**
Then he sat down to his meal
Slide 11**
The fairest and youngest child lay dying
Slide 12**
The father and mother were old and helpless now
Slide 13**
The few who had survived then knelt by their tomb
Slide 14**
A rich and beautiful landscape was disclosed
Slide 15**
Lying at full length on the tombstone
Slide 16**
The lantern, the spade, and the wicker bottle
Slide 17**
He told his story to the Clergyman and to the Mayor
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Catalogue of photographic lantern transparencies and apparatus: season 1891-2 (Bradford: Riley Brothers, 1891), 35

“No. 2. Panorama and effect will count as four slides, making the set equal to 20.”

Catalogue of optical lantern slides (Bradford: Riley Brothers, 1905), 16
Descriptive catalogue of lantern slides: available for hire or purchase (London: Walter Tyler, 1909), 429

“The Story of the Sexton who was stolen by the Goblins. With Special Reading, published by Chapman and Hall.

The Panorama counts as Four Slides.”

Lantern slide catalogue (Glasgow: J. Lizars, 1909), 41
Catalogue of lanterns, slides and accessories (London: J.W. Butcher, c.1913), 225
Lijst van lantaarnplaatjes (Nijmegen and Amsterdam: Ivens & Co., c.1913), 110
Other reference
Walter D. Welford and Henry Sturmey (compilers), The 'indispensable handbook' to the optical lantern: a complete cyclopaedia on the subject of optical lanterns, slides, and accessory apparatus (London: Iliffe & Son, 1888), 287

“Charles Dickens's tale. The story of the sexton who was stolen by the goblins.”

Lucerna ID  3000430

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 14 March 2024

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