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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Peonies, poppies, iris and climbing rose in the garden of Mrs. H. P. Scott at Lexington
Garden of Mary W. Scott, wife of Henry P. Scott, a president of the Wilmington Trust Company. Lexington was the name of their estate, located outside of Delaware City.
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
Steps to Upper Gardens at Longwood, estate of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont
Climbing Roses, Dr. Van Fleet, Dorothy Perkins and gardenia
Hybrid perpetual rose bed in the garden of Mrs. H. P. Scott at Lexington
Garden of Mary W. Scott, wife of Henry P. Scott, a president of the Wilmington Trust Company. Lexington was the name of their estate, located outside of Delaware City.
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
Garden of Mrs. Leroy Harvey at Osborne Hill
Roses, foxglove, hemerocallis (daylilies) etc.
American pillar rose arches at Longwood, estate of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont
American pillar rose arches at open air theatre entrance
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