Sepia Saturday 158

The moment I saw this week’s prompt I knew I would share this image.  Original image from a lantern slide. This is a group of slide workers in Guildford circa 1900 and is part of my Guildford and District collection.

Taking part in Sepia Saturday
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10 Responses to Sepia Saturday 158

  1. Kristin says:

    Did slide workers make the lantern slides?

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  2. Karen S. says:

    What an interesting picture, and not so sure what the lantern slides are?

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  3. Brett Payne says:

    Interesting brick and tile work! Great photo, thanks for sharing it Julie. I too am intrigued as to what slide workers are – those leather aprons must mean something.

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  4. Alan Burnett says:

    I suppose this type of arrangement of people outside of a building (which so perfectly reflects the prompt image) is brought about by the need for daylight ibn those early years of photography.

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  5. You are spot on with the shape of the sagging roof. A wonderful image.

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  6. Postcardy says:

    I bet they were glad for an excuse to get outside.

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  7. I'm with the others – no idea of what a slider does. Great picture!

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  8. A fascinating occupational photo. Leather workers who scraped hides often dressed like this, and the aprons are similar to farriers too. But the old shed is the real attraction. The scan quality is great too. I know that these glass slides don't always take to digital.

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  9. This from the Library of Congress: Lantern Slides, History & Manufacture:

    The introduction of lantern slides in 1849, ten years after the invention of photography, allowed photographs to be viewed in an entirely new format. As a transparent slide projected onto a surface, the photograph could be seen, not only by individuals and small groups, but also by a substantial audience. This new larger scale expanded the utility of photography, changing it from an intimate medium to one that was appropriate to entertainment and educational purposes, etc.

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  10. Bob Scotney says:

    Sorry I'm so late in commenting. This is a great picture. Their shirts are quite clean considering that their aprons suggest some heavy/dirty type of work. Great building.

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