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Hand painted glass lanternslide depicting a politician holding out a shoe's sole to the Devil, with the text, "A sole, instead of a soul." Handmade wood frame. The slide can be manipulated so the Devil's arm moves up and down. 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.

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

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Item Number: 224898
KSHS Identifier: 1949.22.44

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