Lantern Slide - Portraits of Eight Famous Engineers & Inventors, 1880s-1900s Image Reg. No: MM 69523

Colour glass lantern slide of eight portraits of famous engineers or inventors. Individuals include: Zeppelin, Edison, Westinghouse, Amet, Bell, Maxim, Marconi and Octave Chanute. Made by Alex. Gunn & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, circa 1940s.

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:
Slide containing eight boxes each with a picture of a man's face. Individuals include: Zeppelin, Edison, Westinghouse, Amet, Bell, Maxim, Marconi and Octave Chanute.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Orsini, 1990
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 82 mm (Height), 82 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: engineers, inventors, psychology, lantern slides
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
Primary Classification: EDUCATION
Secondary Classification: Adult Education
Tertiary Classification: popular psychology
Inscriptions: Text, edge of slide: GUNN'S SLIDE, 210 Flinders Lane, Melb. Cent. 2736.
Format: Lantern Slide: Colour; Standard (3¼ in. x 3¼ in.)
Manufacturer: Gunn's Slides, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1940s

Gunn's Slides were located at Cathedral House, 210 Flinders Lane (cnr Quirk Lane), Melbourne, from 1939-1960.
User: Walter Binks, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1940s-1950s
Person Depicted: Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Germany, 1838-1917

Graf von Zeppelin (1838-1917) was a German general and a pioneer in the early practical development of airships and aircraft.
Person Depicted: Mr Thomas Edison, Orange West, New Jersey, United States of America, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was one of the world's most prolific inventors, being responsible for the early development of the incandescent electric light bulb, the phonograph for the recording and reproduction of sound and the motion picture camera.
Person Depicted: Mr George Westinghouse, New York, United States of America, 1846-1914

George Westinghouse (1846-1914) was an American Civil War veteran, entrepreneur and engineer who invented a compressed air braking system in 1869 that revolutionised the safety of railway travel. In 1886, he founded the Westinghouse Electric Company that became a pioneer in the development of alternating current (A.C.) electricity generation and transmission systems throughout the world.
Person Depicted: Mr Edward Amet, Waukegan, Illinois, United States of America, 1860?1948

Together with George K. Spoor, Box Office Manager of the Phoenix Opera House in Waukegan, Illinois, USA, Edward Amet (1860?1948) developed the world first practical 35mm movie projector suitable for screenings to mass audiences, knowno as 'The Magniscope'.
Person Depicted: Mr Alexander Bell, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, 1847-1922

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) invented the world's first practical telephone, which he patented in 1876.
Person Depicted: Sir Hiram Maxim, United States of America & Great Britain, 1840-1916

Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840-1916) was an American inventor who later emigrated to England and adopted British citizenship. He is best known as the inventor of the first portable, fully automatic machine gun and the mousetrap, but also laid a claim to inventing the electric lightbulb and was noted as a pioneer in the development of the theory of powered flight, although none of the experiemental aircraft he built ever successful flew.
Person Depicted: Mr Guglielmo Marconi, Italy, 1874?1937

Guglielmo Marconi (1874?1937) was an Italian inventor, known for his development of Marconi's law and early radio telegraph and radio broadcast systems.
Person Depicted: Mr Chanute Octave, United States of America, 1832-1910

Chanute Octave (1832-1910) was born a French-born civil engineer who became a naturalized American citizen. He was noted for his interest in aviation and the early development of human-piloted gilders, with his designs having a major influence on the later work of the Wright Brothers of Dayton, Ohio.

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