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
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
South gate at Gibraltar, estate of H. Rodney Sharp
Wrought-iron gate and curving walkway
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
Garden of Charles M. Barton
Violas, phlox divaricata, retroflexa tulips alongside stone building; garden swing in background
Garden at Gibraltar, estate of H. Rodney Sharp
Iris dalmatica, columbine, peonies, hugonis rose
Town garden of Mrs. Harry G. Haskell
House, walkway with trellis in background