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Lantern Slide - Soldiers Observing Saarbruck, Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871 Image Reg. No: MM 031778

Summary:
Lantern slide depicting soldiers observing Saarbruck (in German: Saarbrucken), with a troop march in middle ground. Saarbrück is located in western Germany on the French frontier. During the 19th century coal and iron reserves in the area were developed. At the start of the Franco-Prussian War the area was the first target of the French invasion force. It was occupied between August 2 and August 4, 1870.
Description:
Single lantern slide, comprising circular hand-coloured print on glass, with black mask, mounted in rectangular wooden frame.
Description Of Content:
Coloured drawing of three soldiers on grassy hill, looking across field to town. A hill behind the town appears to be the location of an encampment; in front of the town, rows of soldiers can be seen. The soldiers' uniforms and dark and indistinct, but white belts across their backs can be seen. Row of poplar trees on right.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: lantern slides, military history, franco-prussian war 1870-1871
Themes this item is part of: Francis Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: marches & movements
Format: Lantern Slide: Colour; Wooden Framed - Single Image
Date Depicted: Saarbruck, Europe, 1870-1871

Dates based on dates of Franco-Prussian War. The lantern slide would have been made later - specific date unknown.

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