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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Gardens of Victorine du Pont Foster at Virieux
Iris cristata, lilies of the valley and azaleas in woods along driveway
Gardens at Winterthur, estate of Henry Francis du Pont
Bed planting of pink snapdragon alongside pond near garden gate
The Upper Garden at Winterthur, estate of Henry Francis du Pont
The Upper Garden in tulip time with wisteria and arbor in background
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.
American pillar rose arches at Longwood, estate of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont
American pillar rose arches at open air theatre entrance
Daffodils in the woods at Winterthur, estate of Henry Francis du Pont
Narcissus (daffodils) planting in the woods
Hill Girt, home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Haskell
Garden, house, and driveway with cars

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