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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American Beauty rose in town garden of Alice Lea Spruance
American Beauty rose (climbing rose) on terrace. House located at 2507 W. 17th St.
Town garden of Mrs. Harry G. Haskell
House, walkway with trellis in background
Town garden of Alice Lea Spruance
Iris Pallida Dalmatica, Conrad Ferdinand Meyer and Dr. Van Fleet roses, birdbath, climbing roses. House located at 2507 W. 17th St.
Garden of Mrs. Charles G. Rumford
The lawn and perennial beds, iris, peonies and oriental poppies
Gazebo at The Patch, home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Spruance
A summer house at the patch, gazebo in woods
Woman on bench in the gardens of Alice Lea Spruance at The Patch
Phlox divaricata, tulips, and Lonicera tartarica