Behold beauty with this fantastic lot of antique Magic Lantern slides. Yes everyone is entitled to their notion of beauty, but it would be hard to argue the delightful quality of these appealing baseball themed glass slides. Created for the low tech projector lanterns of yesteryear, these gorgeous images date to the early part of the 20th Century, c.1900s-1910s. Generally these slides report in very handsome condition with light to moderate wear. All (5) feature baseball images, including (4) produced for advertising purposes and one a 1908 figure study by DeWitt C. Wheeler, who is celebrated for publishing the lantern slides for the hit song "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" that same year. Another highlight is a c.1915-1917 New York Yankees multi-image composite.
1908 DeWitt C. Wheeler color slide of player in stride on the field reaching for the ball near the baseline, the label frame is printed with a D.C. Wheeler 1908 copyright and Wheeler's address "120 and 122 West 31st Street, New York", the reverse side is stamped "6 1st Chorus. National Game"
C.1915-1917 American Press Association New York Yankees composite black & white slide, this WWI Era piece is printed with "Shown Through the courtesy of The Miners' National Bank" and features an image of Major General Leonard Wood shaking hands with 1915-1917 Yankees player-manager "Wild Bill" Donovan, also depicted are the Yankees team marching in formation with military men at the front of the line; Ray Caldwell sliding into a base; and Jack Barry posed in front of the stands, this action took place at the Polo Grounds before a Yankees game vs. the Red Sox, as noted in the slide's text
c.1915-1916 J.A. Sierra black & white slide of Fred Snodgrass batting pose in an empty stadium, sponsored by "The People's Savings Bank, 204 Genesse Ave.", the slide's text makes dating this piece simple with the statement "Fred Snodgrass late of the Giants, is now a member of the Boston Braves" (Snodgrass was released by the Giants in the middle of the 1915 season and went to the Braves for the remainder of the season and 1916)
1910s Manhattan Slide and Film Co. color slide produced for "Miller Bros." of Troy (NY) with baseball player art images advertising "Reach Base Ball Goods", judging from the depicted uniforms this piece dates to c.1910s
Wheeler Sheridan Corporation black & white slide of boys playing baseball in an advertisement for "J.C. Curtis Inc." hardware store, date is undetermined