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  • 9,628 slide sets comprising over 273,700 slides...

  • ... of which 132,113 individual slides have been listed – including 31,575 with images

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Beechey's Trinoptric lantern
Beechey's Trinoptric lantern

Albert W. Scott in 1893
Albert W. Scott in 1893