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Universal Opportunity League Collection

Lantern Slide - Universal Opportunity League, 'Universal Opportunity League'

Image: Lantern Slide - Universal Opportunity League, 'Universal Opportunity League'

Source: Museum Victoria

The Universal Opportunity League was an organisation established by Melbourne vocational guidance lecturer and advisor Walter Samuel Binks (1892-1983). In effect it was the business name under which Binks gave lectures throughout Australia, published self-help and popular psychology pamphlets, delivered courses in self-help and popular psychology and gave vocational advice to individuals. On some occasions Binks promoted his work under the name of the Australian Opportunity League. While Binks billed himself as the 'chief lecturer' of the League, there does not seem to have been anyone else who operated under the League's name.

The collection comprises some 427 lantern slides used by Binks to accompany his public lectures throughout Australia in the 1930s and 1940s. The slides include photographs and sketches depicting characteristic types of human physiognomy (face shape, body shape, hand shape), which Binks related to personality. The slides also include many cartoons and sketches of social situations, which Binks used to comment on human relationships, personality styles and workplace dynamics. There are also slides of verses and songs that espouse self-improvement and positive thinking, which were used in the lectures. The slides also include samples of the diplomas and related promotional material issued by the League.

The collection was found in an opportunity shop in Melbourne stored in three wooden trays.

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  • Lantern Slide - Male Portrait, circa 1930s-1940s Image

    Lantern Slide - Male Portrait, circa 1930s-1940s

    Lantern slide of photographic portrait of a man. One of a set of over 420 lantern slides, used by lecturer Walter S. Binks, a popular psychology and vocational guidance lecturer based ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - Male Portrait, circa 1930s-1940s Image

    Lantern Slide - Male Portrait, circa 1930s-1940s

    Lantern slide of photographic portrait of a man. One of a set of over 420 lantern slides, used by lecturer Walter S. Binks, a popular psychology and vocational guidance lecturer based ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - 'Sheriff's Sale Bankrupt Stock', circa 1930s-1940s Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Sheriff's Sale Bankrupt Stock', circa 1930s-1940s

    Colour glass lantern slide of a cartoon sketch of a man standing outside a general store. Made by Beavis Studio, Sydney, New South Wales, circa 1930s-1940s. One of a set of over 420 la ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - Man Fixing Machine, circa 1930s Image

    Lantern Slide - Man Fixing Machine, circa 1930s

    Lantern slide of cartoon sketch fixing a machine. Made by Alex. Gunn & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, circa 1930s. One of a set of over 420 lantern slides, used by lecturer Walter S. Binks ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - Doctor & Female Patient, circa 1930s Image

    Lantern Slide - Doctor & Female Patient, circa 1930s

    Lantern slide of cartoon sketch, probably of a doctor and female patient. Made by Alex. Gunn & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, circa 1930s. One of a set of over 420 lantern slides, used by ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - Father & Son, circa 1940s Image

    Lantern Slide - Father & Son, circa 1940s

    Lantern slide of cartoon of a father and son, showing the father dragging boy past a map shop that the boy is clearly interested in. Made by Auckland Slide Co., Auckland, New Zealand, c ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - People in Florist Shop, circa 1940s Image

    Lantern Slide - People in Florist Shop, circa 1940s

    Coloured glass lantern slide of a sketch of people in a florist shop. Made by Alex. Gunn & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, circa 1940s. One of a set of over 420 lantern slides, used by lect ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - Nurse with Patient Image

    Lantern Slide - Nurse with Patient

    Colour glass lantern slide of an illustration of nurse with a patient. Possibly intended as a depiction of Florence Hightingale in the Crimea, Made by Alex. Gunn & Sons, Melbourne, Vict ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - Couple at Waterfall, circa 1930s Image

    Lantern Slide - Couple at Waterfall, circa 1930s

    Colour glass lantern slide of an illustration of a couple watching a waterfall. Made by Alex. Gunn & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, circa 1930s. One of a set of over 420 lantern slides, us ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - Men Opening Safe, circa 1930s Image

    Lantern Slide - Men Opening Safe, circa 1930s

    Colour glass lantern slide of a cartoon sketch of men opening a safe in a bank or office. Made by Alex. Gunn & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, circa 1930s. One of a set of over 420 lantern ...

    Images: 1
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