Lantern slide of the Christmas Banquet
at Wesley House, Louisville, Kentucky,
Lantern slides are positive transparent images on glass protected from abrasion by a second sheet of glass. This photographic technology was patented in 1850. Well into the twentieth century, touring lecturer-projectionists presented magic lantern shows to entertain and educate the public in churches, schools, and meeting halls throughout the United States.
The slides in this collection were produced by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, to promote funding of domestic and international missionary programs. The Louisville, Kentucky Wesley House was founded in 1903 as the Louisville Settlement Home and continues to operate today as Wesley House Community Services (http://wesleyhouseky.org/).
Click on the image, left, to view in the digital collection.