Lantern Slide - Uhlans Tracking Course of Balloon, Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871 Image Reg. No: MM 031776

Uhlans tracking course of balloon near stone bridge. Proabably depicts a scene from the Franco-Prussian War (based on information in slides in same group).

Uhlans were Polish light cavalry armed with lances, sabres and pistols. The title was later used by lancer regiments in the Russian, Prussian, and Austrian armies. During and after the Napoleonic Wars cavalry regiments armed with lances were formed in many states throughout Europe. Cavalry carrying this weapon were usually specifically designated as lancers or uhlans.
Single lantern slide, comprising circular hand-coloured print on glass, with black mask, mounted in rectangular wooden frame.
Description Of Content:
Coloured drawing of soldiers on horseback, having just crossed a stone bridge over a river. A hot air balloon appear in the upper centre. Buildings with high-pitched roofs appear on the left. The soldiers wear blue and purple uniforms with hats.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology

More information

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: mounted troops
Format: Lantern Slide: Colour; Wooden Framed - Single Image
Date Depicted: Europe, 1870-1871

Dates based on dates of Franco-Prussian War. The lantern slide would have been made later - specific date unknown.
References: 'Uhlan', Wikipedia, accessed 24/3/2011

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