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The Swepson Earle Lantern Slides of Chesapeake Bay Architecture include 131 lantern slides depicting historic Maryland vernacular architecture and scenes of daily life within the Chesapeake Bay region between the years 1923 and 1934.

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Contributor: Baltimore Museum of Art

Collage of images taken from the Swepson Earle Lantern Slide Collection. From left to right and top to bottom are: Old houses at Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland; Trinity Church, St. Mary's County, Maryland; Ben Davis House, Wicomico County, Maryland; Gibson Island, Anne Arundel County, Maryland; Montpelier, Prince George's County, Maryland; Wye Heights, Talbot County, Maryland; Mulberry Fields stairway, St. Mary's County, Maryland; Wye Heights rose arbor, Talbot County, Maryland; Lamb's Meadows, Kent County, Maryland; African American woman sitting by fireplace in rural kitchen, Eastern Shore, Maryland or Virginia; and Chesapeake Bay log canoe

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.

 
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