Contributor: Baltimore Museum of Art
Collection Overview: The Swepson Earle Lantern Slides of Chesapeake Bay Architecture include 132 lantern slides depicting historic Maryland vernacular architecture and scenes of daily life within the Chesapeake Bay Region between the years 1923 and 1934. The bulk of the materials date between 1923 and 1929. The collection includes black and white as well as hand-colored lantern slides. The majority were published in Earle’s two publications Maryland’s Colonial Eastern Shore (1916) and The Chesapeake Bay Country (1923, 1929). Many architectural subjects depicted in Earle’s lantern slides no longer exist, making them extremely valuable to architectural historians and historians of Maryland culture.