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Hand painted lanternslide with handmade wood frame. The title of this lanternslide is Chicken Cholera, and it depicts an imaginative version of this disease that affected a variety of birds until a vaccine was developed in the 1880s. 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 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. It is possible that Reader read about chicken cholera in agricultural news articles, or perhaps the disease affected his own flock.

Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913

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Item Number: 224891
KSHS Identifier: 1949.22.38

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