Photographic images on glass plates

Life in lanterns

Vintage agricultural photo exhibit at Historic Stewart Farm

Black Press

For more than fifty years the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) made magic lantern slides – photographs or illustrations on glass plates.

The public will have a chance to see these artistic creations from Sept. 10 to Nov. 6 in the Stewart Hall at the Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd.

The glass plates were placed in a slide projector and were used for lectures presented around the world to promote immigration and tourism to Canada.

The beautiful imagery depicts a Canada full of promise, a bountiful land providing opportunities for grain, cattle, hog, sheep, vegetable, fruit, berry, and hops farming.

They reflect the changes in labour, mechanization and technology during this time period. These colour-tinted black and white images reflect a significant historical era gone by. Photographer, artist and collector Michael Lawlor has digitized and enlarged the images to a scale that gives the viewer a rare opportunity to “walk in” fields, farms, processing plants, towns and villages to get an extraordinary feel for the landscape.

The exhibit will also feature a unique collection of magic lantern projectors and slide sets used for children’s stories, Sunday church sermons, in town halls, for entertainment and as a visual instructional tool.

Among the events:

• The Exhibit Opening:  On Sept. 10, from 12-4 p.m. drop in for a tour of the new exhibit and learn about this photographic technology and significance of the images on display. Refreshments will be served. Admission by donation.

• The Transcontinental Magic Lantern Show:  Trip the light fantastic with photographer and collector, Michael Lawlor on Sept. 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. as he presents a show and talk on the history of magic lantern imagery from 1885-1930. The fee is $10 (all ages). Pre-register at 604-592-6956.

• Zany Zoetropes: On, Oct. 1 from 1:30-3 p.m., kids will learn more about this early animation, cartoon-in-motion device and make their own to take home. The fee is $10/child 7-11 years. Pre-register at 604-592-6956.

The exhibit is open Saturdays and Sundays until Nov. 6 from 12-4. Tours can be booked for Fridays or by appointment. Entrance is by donation.

For more information call 604-592-6956 or visit www.surrey.ca/heritage

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