Note: This object includes a derogatory human depiction and white superiority messaging. Such depictions are not condoned by Museums Victoria which considers them to be racist. Historical distance and context does not excuse or erase this fact.
Colour glass lantern slide of an illustration depicting a white man and black woman, titled 'Color'. 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.
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
Image is of a white male adult and a black female in the centre of the slide with a four colour background. Around the edge of this background are heads of men, women and children.
Standard format (3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch square) colour lantern slide, with image printed on glass.
Donation from Mrs Orsini, 25 Oct 1990
Lantern Slide, Standard (3¼ in. x 3¼ in.), Colour
Text, edge of slide: T.W. CAMERON, Slide Specialist, Melbourne. Text, on slide: COLOR.
Type of item
82 mm (Width), 82 mm (Height)