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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Conservatory at Longwood, estate of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont
The conservatory (interior), azaleas from centre walk
Walled rose garden at Winterthur, estate of Henry Francis du Pont
A part of the walled rose garden, showing the walkway and wrought-iron gate
Gardens at Longwood, estate of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont
American pillar rose on arbor,peonies and larkspur in border bed
Entrance to rose garden at Clifton, residence of William F. Sellers
American Pillar, Rambler, Allen Farquar and Van Fleet Climbers
Rock garden of Mrs. John B. Bird at Hillcroft
The rock garden at Hillcroft, lupine, columbine, hemerocallis and perennials
Gardens of Alice Lea Spruance at The Patch
Fountain pool, oak, dogwood, arrowood, barberry, tulip tree
Autumn foliage at The Patch, home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Spruance
Autumn foliage near pond, dogwoods, oaks, maple, beach and willows