W.C. Spruance Lantern Slide Collection

About this collection

This collection contains nearly 200 images of estate and private gardens in and around Wilmington, Delaware. Photographed between 1920 and 1925 by William C. Spruance, an amateur photographer and advisory member of the Wilmington Garden Club, many of the images are either hand colored lantern slides or color Lumiere Autochrome lantern slides. The collection has not been digitized in its entirety. For a detailed description of the entire collection, click here to view the catalog record.

    Image: Alice Lea Spruance's town garden. Click to view.

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Border planting of nepata at St. Amour, home of Mary Belin du Pont
Border planting of nepata along walkway with view of statue under arbor
Gardens at Longwood, estate of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont
American pillar rose on arbor,peonies and larkspur in border bed
Town garden of Mrs. Harry G. Haskell
House, walkway with trellis in background
Garden of Mrs. H. P. Scott at Lexington
Pink geranium and lohengrin and Pallida dalmatica iris with view of trellis
American pillar rose arches at Longwood, estate of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont
American pillar rose arches at open air theatre entrance
Conrad Ferdinand Meyer rose arch in the town garden of Alice Lea Spruance
Conrad Ferdinand Meyer rose arch with heuchera border planting. House located at 2507 W. 17th St.
Garden of Mrs. H. P. Scott at Lexington
Baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata), Japanese iris, pinks and penstemon with trellis
Hybrid perpetual rose garden at Longwood, estate of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont
Hybrid perpetual rose garden, with view of trellis or arbor
Town garden of Mrs. Harry G. Haskell
House, walkway with trellis in background