Hand painted glass lanternslide of a ship at sea. This slide is housed in a leather frame with a lever so that the ship can appear to be rocked back and forth on rough seas. 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. Reader recorded the making of this slide in a diary entry on December 23, 1866, noting that the glass slide cracked as he was assembling the lanternslide. He then altered the scene, making the crack resemble a mast. 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: 224871
KSHS Identifier: 1949.22.24
Collections - Museum
Date - 1861-1869 - 1866
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Original Art - Transparency, Lantern-slide
People - Notable Kansans - Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Places - Cities and towns - Indianola
Places - Cities and towns - Topeka
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Transportation - Water - Ships
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts