Hand painted lanternslide of temperance advocate Carry A. Nation smashing a barrel of rum with an axe. This slide is part of a collection made by Samuel Reader between 1866 and 1913. Reader was a Kansas farmer who was active in the early Topeka community. He built two homes, served in the Civil War, and wrote in a diary nearly every day for 64 years. Carry Nation visited Topeka in January 1901. Reader's daughter, Elizabeth attended Nation's lecture and joined the "Home Defenders," Nation's group of supporters who defended their homes from the effects of alcoholism. Reader also noted in his diary that Nation smashed the Senate Saloon on February 5. His single word response was, "Good." Reader began painting slides in 1866 and continued throughout much of his life, holding magic lantern shows for the local community in his house and at church.
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Item Number: 224862
KSHS Identifier: 1949.22.16
Collections - Museum
Date - 1900s - 1901
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Prohibition and temperance
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Original Art - Transparency, Lantern-slide
People - Notable Kansans - Nation, Carry Amelia,1846-1911
People - Notable Kansans - Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Places - Cities and towns - Indianola
Places - Cities and towns - Topeka
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts