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 pillar rose arches at Longwood, estate of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont
American pillar rose arches at open air theatre entrance
Autumn leaves at The Patch, home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Spruance
Autumn leaves, dogwoods, oaks, beech, willow and maple
Conrad Ferdinand Meyer rose arch in the town garden of Alice Lea Spruance
Conrad Ferdinand Meyer rose arch with heuchera border planting. House located at 2507 W. 17th St.
Daffodils in the woods at Winterthur, estate of Henry Francis du Pont
Narcissus (daffodils) planting in the woods
Garden of Mrs. H. P. Scott at Lexington
Baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata), Japanese iris, pinks and penstemon with trellis
Hill Girt, home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Haskell
Garden, house, and driveway with cars