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Samuel Reader lanternslide

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


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: 1866
Hand painted lanternslide of the Grim Reaper (skeleton holding a sickle) inside a handmade walnut frame. 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. On June 17, 1866, Reader recorded in his diary that he had "made a skeleton on glass" and drew a sketch very similar to this painting. Reader began painting lanternslides in 1866 and continued throughout much of his life, holding magic lantern shows for the local community in his house and at church.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: 1866
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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Handmade kaleidoscopic lanternslide in wooden frame. Hand painted glass panes are painted in multi-colored geometric designs and can be manipulated by turning the opposite crank handle if outfitted with a cable. 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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
This is a hand painted lanternslide depicting the face of a frightened man, his mouth hanging open in a frown, inside a handmade wooden frame. The slide can be manipulated so the man's eyes and tongue move from left to right. Part of a collection made by Samuel James Reader documenting his experiences in the Civil War, showing "How some of the boys / looked when the / Rebels / began to shoot bullets" at the Battle of the Big Blue on October 22, 1864. Samuel was a soldier in the 2nd Kansas State Militia, and kept a diary that included his experiences at this battle and as a prisoner of war. Reader was an early settler in Kansas, building his own home just north of Topeka. He began painting slides in 1866 and continued throughout much of his life, holding magic lantern shows with the local community by putting on slide shows in his house or at church.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: 1904
This is a hand painted lantern slide depicting a man with horns, inside a handmade wood frame. The slide can be manipulated so the man becomes a werewolf. These images are 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. He also drew and painted illustrations in his diaries. 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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Hand painted glass lanternslide depicting a daisy, morning glory and tulip, inside a handmade wood frame. 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. He held magic lantern shows for the local community in his house and at church.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Hand painted lanternslide depicting an elephant, inside a handmade wood frame. 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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Two hand painted lanternslides inside a handmade wood frame. One depicts a robin, the other a pink rose and carnation. 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. He held magic lantern shows for the local community in his house and at church.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Hand painted lanternslide holding two panes, depicting a butterfly and a robin, inside a handmade wood frame. 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. He shared these magic lantern shows with the local community in his house and church.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Hand painted lanternslide depicting a cat, inside a handmade wood frame. 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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Hand painted lanternslide of a lion smoking a pipe, housed inside a handmade wood frame. 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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Pair of hand painted lanternslides depicting a skull and a ghost, inside handmade wood frame. 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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

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


Samuel Reader lanternslide

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


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Hand painted lanternslide depicting the bust of a man in profile, inside a handmade wooden frame. 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. This slide is possibly Reader's first. In his diary, Reader recorded testing his first slide, a man's head, for his young cousin using a makeshift magic lantern out of a nail keg and spyglass. The slide also may depict Reader himself.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: 1896
Hand tinted photographic glass lanternslide of Samuel Reader, taken in 1896. This picture accompanied an article that appeared in the Topeka Mail and Kansas Breeze newspaper on May 22, 1896, commemorating Reader's service in the Civil War and to the Topeka community. 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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Hand painted glass lanternslide titled "Witches ? Ancient and Modern," inside handmade wooden frame. 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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: 1873
Hand painted lanternslide in a handmade wood frame. Painted slide depicts U.S. Senator Samuel Pomeroy reaching into "The Public Crib" (treasury) for Kansas Senator Alexander York. Just prior to the 1873 election, York charged Pomeroy with bribing him for his vote. Pomeroy claimed the money was for a business investment. While never confirmed, the accusation ended Pomeroy's political career. 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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Hand painted lanternslide depicting a woman lighting a candle, in a handmade wooden frame. The slide can be manipulated so the woman's arm moves to light the candle. 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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: 1866
Hand painted glass lanternslide in a handmade wood frame. This slide has two images, one of a man cooking at a stove, and the other of a wife threatening her husband with a broom. The slide can be manipulated so the broom hits the man. 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. He recorded making this slide, which he titled "Bachelor," in a diary entry on December 18, 1866. Reader married Elizabeth Smith the following year at the age of 31.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Hand painted lanternslide of a man wearing a Freemasons sash and apron, in a handmade wood frame. The slide can be manipulated so the man's arm moves up and down as if he is taking an oath. 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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Hand painted lanternslide depicting Santa Claus, inside a handmade wood frame. The image is created by two slides sandwiched together in the frame; one containing the image of Santa in a fireplace, the other containing a black spot which masks out the inner part of the fireplace (and Santa). As the slide is moved, Santa appears to emerge from the fireplace. 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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Hand painted lanternslide depicting a dentist's office, inside a handmade wood frame. Slide depicts a man having a tooth pulled by a dentist. The slide can be manipulated so the dentist appears to yank the tooth with a forceps. 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.


Samuel Reader lanternslide

Samuel Reader lanternslide
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: 1904
Hand painted lanternslide in a handmade wood frame. Slide depicts a man reaching for a cowboy boot when a snake appears. The slide can be manipulated so the man's hand snaps back and his mouth opens in surprise. 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.


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