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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In the Lower Garden at Gibraltar, estate of H. Rodney Sharp
In the Lower Garden, with view of fountain and house
Autumn foliage at The Patch, home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Spruance
Autumn foliage near pond, dogwoods, oaks, maple, beach and willows
Gardens at Winterthur, estate of Henry Francis du Pont
Bed planting of pink snapdragon alongside pond near garden gate
The gardens of Alice Lea Spruance at The Patch
Native shrubs, dogwood,wild garden and pigeon cote with pond and fountain