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
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
Woods at The Patch, home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Spruance
The woods from lawn, dogwood, lindera benzoin, wild cherry, oak and poplar
Gardens of Victorine du Pont Foster at Virieux
Pink dogwood, azalea amoena and kanthoceros sorbifolia
Rock garden of Mrs. John B. Bird at Hillcroft
The rock garden at Hillcroft, lupine, columbine, hemerocallis and perennials
Garden at Gibraltar, estate of H. Rodney Sharp
Iris dalmatica, columbine, peonies, hugonis rose
The English garden at Clifton, residence of William F. Sellers
Sweet William, Old Boxwood, Retinoporas and Fir Trees