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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Entrance to rose garden at Clifton, residence of William F. Sellers
American Pillar, Rambler, Allen Farquar and Van Fleet Climbers
Rock garden of Mrs. John B. Bird at Hillcroft
The rock garden at Hillcroft, lupine, columbine, hemerocallis and perennials
Garden gateway at Gibraltar, estate of H. Rodney Sharp
Garden Gateway with Scarlet Hawthorne and view of statue
Garden at Gibraltar, estate of H. Rodney Sharp
Iris dalmatica, columbine, peonies, hugonis rose
Gardens of Alice Lea Spruance at The Patch
Fountain pool, oak, dogwood, arrowood, barberry, tulip tree
Autumn foliage at The Patch, home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Spruance
Autumn foliage near pond, dogwoods, oaks, maple, beach and willows