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. 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
Garden of Mrs. Howard Pyle
Three Van Fleet roses and two American pillar roses growing on front of house at 2317 W.17th St.
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
Hill Girt, home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Haskell
Garden, house, and driveway with cars