One of 239 glass lantern slides depicting products manufactured by Tangyes Limited engineers of Birmingham, England. The images include various products such as engines, centrifugal pumps, hydraulic pumps, gas producers, materials testing machines, presses, machine tools, hydraulic jacks etc. Tangyes was a company which operated from 1857 to 1957. They produced a wide variety of engineering products exported worldwide including Australia and other British colonies.

It is thought that this collection of magic lantern slides was used by a local agent for sales purposes. These images were originally used to illustrate Tangyes Ltd product catalogues from the period 1910 - circa 1920s.

Description of Content

Preparations for the launching of the SS Great Eastern at the Isle of Dogs, Millwall, London in January 1858. Due to the size of the hull, it was not built on a slipway but on the banks of the Thames. The hull had to be pushed sideways into the river to launch it. Several attempts failed until Richard Tangye's Birmingham firm suppled hydraulic rams which successfully achieved the launch on 31 January 1858. Richard Tangye is believed to be the figure at right in top hat. The drag chain reel in the centre also provided the backdrop for the famous image of the Great Eastern's designer, I.K. Brunel.

Physical Description

Standard format (3¼ x 3¼ inch square) lantern slide, comprising black & white photographic image printed on glass with black paper rectangular round cornered mask against image under protective glass cover plate; sealed with black paper binding tape around edge.

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