Lantern Slide - 'Colour Scale', circa 1930s Image Reg. No: MM 69058

Colour glass lantern slide of an illustration titled 'Colour Scale'. The text characterises racial types by degree of 'blackness', with associated hair, skin and eye colour. Made by Alex. Gunn & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, circa 1930s.

One of a set of over 420 lantern slides, used by lecturer Walter S. Binks, a popular psychology and vocational guidance lecturer based in Melbourne, Victoria. Binks gave lectures throughout Australia in the 1930s and 1940s. Binks advertised his lectures as associated with the Australasian Opportunity League or Universal Opportunity League.

Purchased by the donor at an opportunity shop. The collection was stored in three wooden trays (two compartments in each tray), and 95 slides stored separately. Many of the slides were produced in Melbourne from images and cuttings presumably supplied by Binks.
Standard format (3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch square) colour lantern slide, with image printed on glass.
Description Of Content:
A 'colour scale' chart for 'hair', 'skin' and 'eyes'.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Orsini, 1990
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 82 mm (Height), 82 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: racism, psychology, lantern slides, cultural stereotypes
Themes this item is part of: Universal Opportunity League Collection, Walter Samuel Binks, Vocational Consultant and Self-Help Lecturer (1892-1983), Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
Primary Classification: EDUCATION
Secondary Classification: Adult Education
Tertiary Classification: popular psychology
Original Caption: Colour Scale
Inscriptions: Text, on slide: COLOUR SCALE/HAIR SKIN EYES.
Text, edge of slide: GUNN'S SLIDE, 9 Collins Place, Melb. Cent. 2736.
Text on attached label: '914'.
Format: Lantern Slide: Colour; Standard (3¼ in. x 3¼ in.)
Manufacturer: Gunn's Slides, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930s

Alex Gunn & Sons were operating from 9 Collins Place during 1926-1938.
User: Walter Binks, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930s-1940s

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