|Call of the Flesh (1930)|
Prior to this "discovery," 1942 was the earliest example I had been able to locate. The full date range I have established for Australian slides now begins with Call of the Flesh (1930) and ends with Poltergeist (1982). Of course I fully anticipate (and fervently hope) that this range will expand as new examples come to my attention.
I am especially keen to find examples from the silent era but for now all I've found are "talkies."
While Call of the Flesh is the earliest example I have found, my favorite is The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933). I love the graphics, I love the color, and Barbara Stanwyck? Well, no wonder the censor's mark on the slide advises that the film is "Not Suitable for General Exhibition."
|The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)|
|The Suspect (1942)|
|The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)|
Of all the Australian slides I have located thus far, only one (Man in the Trunk, 1942) uses the cardboard frame design. In one respect this only mildly interesting, but the cardboard frame designs often have the advantage that they manufacturers information can also be found printed on the frame. In the case of all the other Australian slides there are few clues as to where the slides themselves originated. The only lead thus far can be found with The Suspect (1942), wherein the attribution "Linton slide" is printed directly on the image above the censor's advisory.
|Secret Command (1944)|
|Man in the Trunk (1942)|
Finally, it is interesting to note that all of the slides I have located exclusively promote Hollywood pictures. Were slides created to promote Australian films? So far that is a question that remains unanswered - for now.