Guide to the Keystone View Company educational lantern slides set, 1904-circa 1919
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 Number
- Keystone View Company educational lantern slides set
- 1904-circa 1919
- 0.2 Linear Feet, 2 boxes
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
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.
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.
Bird's-eye view of Washington, D.C., U.S.A
Capitol (Senate Chamber), Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Capitol (Congressional Chamber), Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Flower Bed and Garden of the Tuileries, Paris, France
Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
Interior Greenhouse, Kew Gardens, London, England
As Good as Gold
Slide features picture of a baby boy.
United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Houses of Parliament, London, England
Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.
Building where Washington was first inaugurated President, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
John Brown's Fort, Harper's Ferry, WV, U.S.A.
The White House, Washington, D.C.
Arlington House, Lee's Old Home, Arlington, VA, U.S.A.
Washington's Old Home, Mt. Vernon, VA
United States Battleship Maine
Consul General Lee in his office at Havana, Cuba
General View of the Wrecked Battleship Maine
Key West and Harbor, Showing North Atlantic Squadron
Gen. Hancock and Staff, Battle of Gettysburg
Roosevelt's "Rough Riders" Leaving Tampa, FL for Santiago
Santiago and the Harbor from the Spanish Block House, Cuba
Arabic School Learning the Koran, Egypt
The "Escalta"--The Business Thoroughfare of Manila, Island of Luzon, P. I.
P. I.= Phillipine Islands.
A Native Market Scene, Island of Luzon, P. I.
P. I.= Phillipine Islands.
Filipino Farmers Harrowing Rice Fields Near Manila, P. I.
P. I.= Phillipine Islands.
A Typical Grass Hut, Hawaii
School Children at Play, Spreewald, Germany
Decorating for the Wedding
Decorating for Victorian wedding.
Dressing the Bride
Victorian bride preparing for the wedding.
Victorian bride admires her reflection in mirror.
Ready for the Bridegroom
Victorian bride adjusting bouquet while maids look on.
"With this ring I thee wed and with all my worldly goods I thee endow."
Victorian wedding--groom gives bride ring.
The Mother's Kiss
Victorian wedding--mother kisses bride following the ceremony.
The Wedding March
Victorian wedding--bride and groom walk down the "aisle."
Asking the Blessing
Blessing before Victorian wedding feast.
To the Health of the Bride
Victorian wedding toast to the bride's health.
Alone at Last
Victorian wedding--bride and groom "alone together" after wedding feast.
Wolfe's Cove Where the Famous Landing Was Effected in 1759, Quebec, Canada
Mexico's Principal Harbor, Vera Cruz
Young Girls of Nazareth, Palestine
Looking Toward the Strand from Trafalger Square, London, England
In the Conservatory at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A
Lexington Common, Lexington, MA
Bird's-eye view of T Wharf, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
"Why don't you speak for yourself, John!"
Scene from performance of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Courtship of Miles Standish."
John Hay, Secretary of State
Suffragette Parade--Grand Marshall, Mrs. Richard Burleson; Herald, Ms. Inez Milholland; and other Prominent Workers on Horseback--March 3, 1913, Washington, D.C.
Chinese Coolies on the Streets of the Tien-Tsin, China
"Far from Gay Cities and the Ways of Men."
Woman in canoe on the river.
Spinning and Weaving Woolen Shawls, Kashmir
Nature's Gorgeous Tinting, Kew Gardens, London, England
Mississippi Bay, Japan, Where Commodore Perry Anchored his ships in 1854
A Korean Nabob with his Servant and Diminutive Pony, Seoul, Korea
Main Street of the Quaint Old Yorktown of History, VA
Old Colonial Cottage, one of the most picturesque attractions of the Sleepy Old Village of Yorktown, VA
Pocahontas Pleading for the life of John Smith
Re-enacting the scene where the Pocahontas saves the life of John Smith, Jamestown, VA.
The First Acquaintance of a Japanese Bridal Couple
Bride's Mother and Bridesmaid adorning the Bride for the Wedding
On the Way to the Bridegroom's House
Japanese wedding--bride travels to groom's house for the ceremony.
Reception of the Bridal Party at the Bridegroom's House
Taking Tea--A Preliminary of the Marriage Ceremony
The Bride Veiling herself for the Marriage Ceremony
The Sanctuary of the Home arranged for the Marriage Ceremony
The Middleman Making Formal Announcement of the Marriage
The "Butterflies" Performing the Marriage Ceremony
The Bride Serving Sake to the Wedding Guests
Natives in Market Place, Sarajevo, Bosnia, Austia-Hungary
Typical Natives of the Fiji Islands, Suva
United States Encampment along the Border during the Mexican Revolution of 1914
Beach on Jamestown Island, VA, where the Original Settlers landed
Old Ambler House Ruin, Jamestown Island, VA
Nelson House, Yorktown, VA, Headquarters of General Cornwallis
Old Custis House of Washington's Courting Days, Williamsburg, VA
Old Debtors' Prison, at Williamsburg, VA
Interior View of St. John's Church, Richmond, VA, scene of Patrick Henry's Celebrated Speech
White House of the Confederacy (rear view), Richmond, VA
St. John's Church, Richmond, VA, where Patrick Henry Made His Famous Speech
Old Confederate Capitol, Richmond, VA
Old Slave Market, at Richmond, VA
Ford Theatre, in Which Lincoln was Shot, Washington, D.C.
Peeling Bark for Making Bark Cloth, Uganda, Africa
Peasant Woman Spinning Flax, Bulgaria
A touch of winter in a National Army Cantonment.
American Soldiers wash their own dishes and they must pass inspection.
American Men in Service visiting the ruined village of Belleau, France
A few more reasons "Why Germany Quit."
American cannons pointed towards German territory.
Cotton Gin, Greenville, TX
There is a duplicate of this slide in the collection.
Oldest house in St. Augustine, FL, U.S.A
Old Mill, Newport, RI, U.S.A.
Pan Germany Today
Plastic slide of German territories after World War I.
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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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.
Processed by: Paula Jeannet and Sara Reams, May 2014
Accessions described in this finding aid: 2014-0086
These glass lantern slides are fragile and vulnerable to damage. Please handle by the edges and refrain from touching the image area.