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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The Upper Garden at Winterthur, estate of Henry Francis du Pont
The Upper Garden in tulip time with wisteria and arbor in background
Garden of Mrs. H. P. Scott at Lexington
Pink geranium and lohengrin and Pallida dalmatica iris with view of trellis
The gardens of Alice Lea Spruance at The Patch
Native shrubs, dogwood,wild garden and pigeon cote with pond and fountain
The gardens of Alice Lea Spruance at The Patch
Vanhoutte spirea, bronze queen tulips on facade of house
Garden of Mrs. Leroy Harvey at Osborne Hill
Roses, foxglove, hemerocallis (daylilies) etc.