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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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
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
Autumn leaves at The Patch, home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Spruance
Autumn leaves, dogwoods, oaks, beech, willow and maple
Garden of Mrs. Howard Pyle
Three Van Fleet roses and two American pillar roses growing on front of house at 2317 W.17th St.