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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.

Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: 1866

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Item Number: 224907
KSHS Identifier: 1949.22.51

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