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Hand painted lanternslide inside handmade wooden frame. Glass slide depicts two scenes; on the left, four men pull hard at the tail of a donkey titled "OFFICES," and on the right, the donkey's tail has come off and the men have fallen together in a heap. 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. Reader recorded a number of political views in his diary, including a distrust of politicians.

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

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Item Number: 224899
KSHS Identifier: 1949.22.45

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