|She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)|
The ten slides in this mini-collection include:
* Lulu Belle (1948)
* The Man from Colorado (1948)
* South of St. Louis (1949)
* King Solomon's Mines (1950)
* The Miniver Story (1950)
* Right Cross (1950)
* Fort Worth (1951)
* Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951)
* She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)
* The Eddie Duchin Story (1956)
The films are all American features, predominantly romances, musicals, and westerns. Ronald Reagan even makes an appearance in She's Working Her Way Through College (1952). That's him at the left getting smooched by a couple of coeds. The tag line for the film states "This is a story with a lot of twists!" Yes indeed, more than they could have possibly imagined.
One of the collection's most obvious aspects is revealed by way of the slide for The Eddie Duchin Story, a film released in 1956. This is the most recent date I've found for a British slide and comes four years later than the latest slide I've found in the United States (Retreat, Hell!, 1952). Were slides used in the UK later than this date? Probably so, but so far I have yet to find an example.
|1948 Columbia features The Man from Colorado and Lulu Belle|
|King Solomon's Mines (1950)|
Because the physical slide is square it just as easily accommodates a vertically oriented graphic design, while American slides must consistently adhere to a horizontal orientation.
Another stylistic difference from American slides is that the British slides lack the blank space below the image which was used by exhibitors to manually handwrite the screening dates. Instead, the British slides all feature a choice of four different scheduling messages printed near the corners of every slide: "Coming Shortly," "Next Week," "Monday Next," and "Thursday Next." Before projecting the slide, the projectionist would black-out three of the four options, leaving only one which would be visible when the slide was projected. Aside from the tidiness of this approach, it seems clear that Monday and Thursday were the standard days for program changes during this period.
|1950 MGM features The Miniver Story and Right Cross|
|1951 features Fort Worth and Painting the Clouds with Sunshine|
|South of St. Louis (1949)|
There is obviously more work to be done in this area, but from this meager evidence it appears that 1951 was the year that the creation of individual designs for lantern slides gave way to simply reproducing the poster onto glass.
|The Eddie Duchin Story (1956)|