Lantern slide of a sketches of three male heads, showing different head shapes. Made by T.W. Cameron, Melbourne, Victoria, circa 1930s-1940s.

One of a set of over 420 lantern slides, used by lecturer Walter S. Binks, a popular psychology and vocational guidance lecturer based in Melbourne, Victoria. Binks gave lectures throughout Australia in the 1930s and 1940s. Binks advertised his lectures as associated with the Australasian Opportunity League or Universal Opportunity League.

Binks reproduced these three fundamental facial types in his book, The Right Vocation (Melbourne, circa 1926).

'Figure 1 is the motive type, the man who works with his hands, because his bones and muscles are are hard and strong. Figure 2 is the vital type, the enjoyer or executive. He directs the work of others, because he is too stout for hard manual labour, too fond of enjoyment and good times to do a long course of hard study, and because he is generally genial and persuasive enough to get other men to work for him. Figure 3 is the mental type, and does mental work, because he has a large brain and a small frail body. In this man the brain and nervous system predominate.'

Purchased by the donor at an opportunity shop. The collection was stored in three wooden trays (two compartments in each tray), and 95 slides stored separately. Many of the slides were produced in Melbourne from images and cuttings presumably supplied by Binks.

Description of Content

Sketch of three different male face shapes - one is rectangular, another is circular and the third is triangular. They are labelled fig.1-3.

Physical Description

Standard format (3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch square) lantern slide.

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