An early Canadian agricultural scene

An early Canadian agricultural scene

Slides depict country’s agricultural past

Canadian Pacific Railway photos highlight Stewart Farm exhibit

For more than 50 years, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) made magic lantern slides –photographs or illustrations on glass plates.

The public has a chance to see these artistic creations from Sept. 10 to Nov. 6 in the Stewart Hall at the Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd.

The glass plates were placed in a slide projector and were used for lectures presented around the world to promote immigration and tourism to Canada.

The beautiful imagery depicts a Canada full of promise, a bountiful land providing opportunities for grain, cattle, hog, sheep, vegetable, fruit, berry and hops farming.

They reflect the changes in labour, mechanization and technology during this time period. These colour-tinted black-and-white images reflect a significant historical era gone by. Photographer, artist and collector Michael Lawlor has digitized and enlarged the images to a scale that gives the viewer a rare opportunity to “walk in” fields, farms, processing plants, towns and villages to get an extraordinary feel for the landscape.

The exhibit will also feature a unique collection of magic lantern projectors and slide sets used for children’s stories, Sunday church sermons, in town halls, for entertainment and as a visual instructional tool.

Among the events are:

• The Transcontinental Magic Lantern Show:  Trip the light fantastic with photographer and collector Michael Lawlor on Sept. 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. as he presents a show and talk on the history of magic lantern imagery from 1885-1930. The fee is $10 (all ages). Pre-register at 604-592-6956.

• Zany Zoetropes: On Oct. 1 from 1:30-3 p.m., kids will learn more about this early animation, cartoon-in-motion device and make their own to take home. The fee is $10/child seven-11 years. Pre-register at 604-592-6956.

The exhibit is open Saturdays and Sundays until Nov. 6 from 12-4 p.m. Tours can be booked for Fridays or by appointment. Entrance is by donation.

For more information call 604-592-6956 or visit www.surrey.ca/heritage