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Hand painted lanternslide with handmade wood frame. The slide depicts Satan, and has moveable eyes that change from black to red. This was one of the first lanternslides made by Samuel Reader, 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. This slide was the first in Reader's first magic lantern show, attended by 120 people at the home of the local doctor.

Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: 1866

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Item Number: 224894
KSHS Identifier: 1949.22.41

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