Lantern Slide depicting a young David Livingstone buying a book. It is part of an incomplete set of 40 slides, two are missing, illustrating highlights from Livingstone's life and travels. These slides were manufactured by the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company for the The London Missionary Society, circa 1900.

Dr. David Livingstone (1813-1873) spent thirty years in Africa as a missionary and explorer. He was the first European to cross Africa and to find Victoria Falls.

Livingstone was taught to read and write by his father and had attended the village school before beginning work in the cotton mill at age ten. The mill owners also provided schooling in the evenings for their young workers, and it was here David began to learn Latin. He also developed a love of natural history and in what spare time he had would roam the Scottish countryside.

Description of Content

Image of two men and a boy. One man is looking at something through a magnifying glass. The other man is standing in the doorway of a shop with his left hand extended towards the young boy.

Physical Description

Standard format colour Lantern Slide edged with black tape with number in top left corner.

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