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Guide to the Keystone View Company educational lantern slides set, 1904-circa 1919

Summary

Set of 96 black-and-white glass lantern slides used in the United States for the teaching of history and geography. All of the slides except one were published by the Keystone View Company of Meadville, Pennsylvania. The 97th slide is a clear film transparency of a map of Germany following World War I, published by the Excelsior Illustration Company. Images include well-known United States historic sites; landmarks in colonial cities such as Williamsburg and Boston; views and cultural scenes from the Middle East, Japan, Hawaii, Korea, and the Philippines; a U.S. suffragists' parade in 1913; a set of Japanese and Western wedding scenes; and a few images of U.S. troops taken during the Mexican, Cuban and Philippine conflicts and in World War I. One slide shows the ruins of Belleau, France, circa 1918. Another features a memorial portrait of Secretary of State John Hay (d. 1905). The slides all measure 4 x 3.25 inches. They are accompanied by two booklets with detailed narrative entries for most of the slides. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10173
Title
Keystone View Company educational lantern slides set
Date
1904-circa 1919
Extent
0.2 Linear Feet, 2 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Set of 96 black-and-white glass lantern slides used in the United States for the teaching of history and geography, probably in secondary schools and colleges. All of the slides except one were published by the Keystone View Company of Meadville, Pennsylvania. The 97th slide is a clear film transparency of a map of Germany following World War I, published by the Excelsior Illustration Company. Titles were transcribed from the originals as assigned by the Keystone Company.

Images include well-known United States historic sites; landmarks in colonial cities such as Williamsburg and Boston; views and cultural scenes from the Middle East, China, Japan, Hawaii, Korea, and the Philippines; a set of Japanese and Western wedding scenes; and a few images of U.S. troops taken during the Mexican, Cuban and Philippine conflicts and in World War I. One slide shows the ruins of Belleau, France, circa 1918. Other images include a U.S. suffragists' parade in 1913, a memorial portrait of John Hay, Secretary of State (died in 1905), the ship U.S.S. Maine, the "Rough Riders," and a portrait of the American Consul in Cuba. The slides all measure 4 x 3.25 inches. They are accompanied by two booklets with detailed narrative entries for most of the slides.

Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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Arrangement

The slides are arranged in order by their original Keystone Views Company catalog number.

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[Identification of item], Keystone View Company educational lantern slides set, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Bird's-eye view of Washington, D.C., U.S.A
Box 1
Image 241
Capitol (Senate Chamber), Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Box 1
Image 312
Capitol (Congressional Chamber), Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Box 1
Image 459
Flower Bed and Garden of the Tuileries, Paris, France
Box 1
Image 1607
Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
Box 1
Image 2102
Interior Greenhouse, Kew Gardens, London, England
Box 1
Image 2107
As Good as Gold

Slide features picture of a baby boy.

Box 1
Image 2201
United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Box 1
Image 2496
Houses of Parliament, London, England
Box 1
Image 3007
Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
Box 1
Image 6180
Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.
Box 1
Image 6181
Building where Washington was first inaugurated President, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Box 1
Image 6806
Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
Box 1
Image 6983
John Brown's Fort, Harper's Ferry, WV, U.S.A.
Box 1
Image 7007
The White House, Washington, D.C.
Box 1
Image 8025
Arlington House, Lee's Old Home, Arlington, VA, U.S.A.
Box 1
Image 8037
Washington's Old Home, Mt. Vernon, VA
Box 1
Image 8038
United States Battleship Maine
Box 1
Image 9050
Consul General Lee in his office at Havana, Cuba
Box 1
Image 9076
General View of the Wrecked Battleship Maine
Box 1
Image 9078
Key West and Harbor, Showing North Atlantic Squadron
Box 1
Image 9144
Gen. Hancock and Staff, Battle of Gettysburg
Box 1
Image 9237
Roosevelt's "Rough Riders" Leaving Tampa, FL for Santiago
Box 1
Image 9252
Santiago and the Harbor from the Spanish Block House, Cuba
Box 1
Image 9415
Arabic School Learning the Koran, Egypt
Box 1
Image 9715
The "Escalta"--The Business Thoroughfare of Manila, Island of Luzon, P. I.

P. I.= Phillipine Islands.

Box 1
Image 10057
A Native Market Scene, Island of Luzon, P. I.

P. I.= Phillipine Islands.

Box 1
Image 10060
Filipino Farmers Harrowing Rice Fields Near Manila, P. I.

P. I.= Phillipine Islands.

Box 1
Image 10064
A Typical Grass Hut, Hawaii
Box 1
Image 10155
School Children at Play, Spreewald, Germany
Box 1
Image 10353
The Wedding Dinner

Victorian wedding feast.

Box 1
Image 10431
Decorating for the Wedding

Decorating for Victorian wedding.

Box 1
Image 10473
Dressing the Bride

Victorian bride preparing for the wedding.

Box 1
Image 10474
Reflection

Victorian bride admires her reflection in mirror.

Box 1
Image 10475
Ready for the Bridegroom

Victorian bride adjusting bouquet while maids look on.

Box 1
Image 10476
"With this ring I thee wed and with all my worldly goods I thee endow."

Victorian wedding--groom gives bride ring.

Box 1
Image 10477
The Mother's Kiss

Victorian wedding--mother kisses bride following the ceremony.

Box 1
Image 10478
The Wedding March

Victorian wedding--bride and groom walk down the "aisle."

Box 1
Image 10479
Asking the Blessing

Blessing before Victorian wedding feast.

Box 1
Image 10480
To the Health of the Bride

Victorian wedding toast to the bride's health.

Box 1
Image 10482
Alone at Last

Victorian wedding--bride and groom "alone together" after wedding feast.

Box 1
Image 10483
Wolfe's Cove Where the Famous Landing Was Effected in 1759, Quebec, Canada
Box 1
Image 10653
Mexico's Principal Harbor, Vera Cruz
Box 1
Image 10800
Young Girls of Nazareth, Palestine
Box 1
Image 11073
Looking Toward the Strand from Trafalger Square, London, England
Box 1
Image 11305
In the Conservatory at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A
Box 1
Image 11657
Lexington Common, Lexington, MA
Box 1
Image 11680
Bird's-eye view of T Wharf, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
Box 1
Image 11681
"Why don't you speak for yourself, John!"

Scene from performance of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Courtship of Miles Standish."

Box 1
Image 11908
John Hay, Secretary of State
Box 1
Image 11925
Suffragette Parade--Grand Marshall, Mrs. Richard Burleson; Herald, Ms. Inez Milholland; and other Prominent Workers on Horseback--March 3, 1913, Washington, D.C.
Box 2
Image 11940
Chinese Coolies on the Streets of the Tien-Tsin, China
Box 2
Image 12028
"Far from Gay Cities and the Ways of Men."

Woman in canoe on the river.

Box 2
Image 12464
Spinning and Weaving Woolen Shawls, Kashmir
Box 2
Image 12565
Nature's Gorgeous Tinting, Kew Gardens, London, England
Box 2
Image 13125
Mississippi Bay, Japan, Where Commodore Perry Anchored his ships in 1854
Box 2
Image 14065
A Korean Nabob with his Servant and Diminutive Pony, Seoul, Korea
Box 2
Image 14082
Main Street of the Quaint Old Yorktown of History, VA
Box 2
Image 14193
Old Colonial Cottage, one of the most picturesque attractions of the Sleepy Old Village of Yorktown, VA
Box 2
Image 14195
Pocahontas Pleading for the life of John Smith

Re-enacting the scene where the Pocahontas saves the life of John Smith, Jamestown, VA.

Box 2
Image 14196
A Japanese Tea Gatherer
Box 2
Image 14739
The First Acquaintance of a Japanese Bridal Couple
Box 2
Image 14873
Bride's Mother and Bridesmaid adorning the Bride for the Wedding
Box 2
Image 14874
On the Way to the Bridegroom's House

Japanese wedding--bride travels to groom's house for the ceremony.

Box 2
Image 14875
Reception of the Bridal Party at the Bridegroom's House
Box 2
Image 14876
Taking Tea--A Preliminary of the Marriage Ceremony
Box 2
Image 14877
The Bride Veiling herself for the Marriage Ceremony
Box 2
Image 14878
The Sanctuary of the Home arranged for the Marriage Ceremony
Box 2
Image 14879
The Middleman Making Formal Announcement of the Marriage
Box 2
Image 14880
The "Butterflies" Performing the Marriage Ceremony
Box 2
Image 14881
The Bride Serving Sake to the Wedding Guests
Box 2
Image 14882
The Wedding Feast
Box 2
Image 14883
Naming the Baby, Japan
Box 2
Image 14884
Natives in Market Place, Sarajevo, Bosnia, Austia-Hungary
Box 2
Image 15611
Typical Natives of the Fiji Islands, Suva
Box 2
Image 15913
United States Encampment along the Border during the Mexican Revolution of 1914
Box 2
Image 16180
Beach on Jamestown Island, VA, where the Original Settlers landed
Box 2
Image 16541
Old Ambler House Ruin, Jamestown Island, VA
Box 2
Image 16542
Nelson House, Yorktown, VA, Headquarters of General Cornwallis
Box 2
Image 16544
Old Custis House of Washington's Courting Days, Williamsburg, VA
Box 2
Image 16557
Old Debtors' Prison, at Williamsburg, VA
Box 2
Image 16560
Interior View of St. John's Church, Richmond, VA, scene of Patrick Henry's Celebrated Speech
Box 2
Image 16561
White House of the Confederacy (rear view), Richmond, VA
Box 2
Image 16562
St. John's Church, Richmond, VA, where Patrick Henry Made His Famous Speech
Box 2
Image 16563
Old Confederate Capitol, Richmond, VA
Box 2
Image 16567
Old Slave Market, at Richmond, VA
Box 2
Image 16568
Ford Theatre, in Which Lincoln was Shot, Washington, D.C.
Box 2
Image 16572
Peeling Bark for Making Bark Cloth, Uganda, Africa
Box 2
Image 17033
Peasant Woman Spinning Flax, Bulgaria
Box 2
Image 17211
A touch of winter in a National Army Cantonment.
Box 2
Image 19085
American Soldiers wash their own dishes and they must pass inspection.
Box 2
Image 19093
American Men in Service visiting the ruined village of Belleau, France
Box 2
Image 19161
A few more reasons "Why Germany Quit."

American cannons pointed towards German territory.

Box 2
Image 19166
Cotton Gin, Greenville, TX

There is a duplicate of this slide in the collection.

Box 2
Image 20109
Oldest house in St. Augustine, FL, U.S.A
Box 2
Image 20110
Old Mill, Newport, RI, U.S.A.
Box 2
Image 20111
Pan Germany Today

Plastic slide of German territories after World War I.

Box 2
Image None
 

Historical Note

The Keystone Views Company was founded in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1892, and by 1905 was one of the largest producers of commercial lantern slides and stereographs in the world. At that time, Keystone established its Educational Department, which produced many sets of stereographs and slides for use in classrooms, including medical departments. They were bought out by Mast Development Company in 1963, but the Keystone name continued to be used for certain products. [Source: Wikipedia, accessed Sept. 2014.]


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Provenance

The Keystone View Company educational lantern slides set was acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at an unknown date, and accessioned in May 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by: Paula Jeannet and Sara Reams, May 2014

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2014-0086

Other Notes

These glass lantern slides are fragile and vulnerable to damage. Please handle by the edges and refrain from touching the image area.