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Lantern Slides and Notes for a Program on Luther Burbank by  Elsie Powers Corwin - Signed - 0 - from Back of Beyond Books, ABAA and

Lantern Slides and Notes for a Program on Luther Burbank

by Corwin, Elsie Powers

Condition: Very Good

Boston, MA: E.W. Goodrich, Tremont Temple. Very Good. 0. No Binding. Rare assemblage of hand-colored glass lantern slides for a lecture series on pioneering horticulturalist Luther Burbank. They are estimated to be mid-1920s based on Corwin's statements that they are used "with permission of Burbank from photographs taken at the time the experiments were made." Slides are housed in a locking pebbled cloth case with attached key on ribbon and were produced by E.W. Goodrich of Tremont Temple, Boston. The lecture notes are for 100 but 93 slides are present. Images include photos of Burbank and family, his home and farms, and many many varieties of plant hybrids. Two brass memorabilia with Burbank's image include a small pin (New York: Medallic Art Co.) and a watch fob proclaiming him as "The Wizard of Horticulture," an "honor award for meritorious work in introducing Stark-Burbank Fruit Creations." Burbank's work gave us spineless cactus, rainbow chard, apricot-plum crosses, the most widely-grown variety of Russet potato in the U.S, and hundreds more varieties of food and ornamental flowers. Burbank viewed his work as humanitarian and in harmony with nature, a perspective that bears interest in the current ideological arguments regarding newer technologies used in manipulation of plant genetic material. Elsie Powers Corwin was a member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and is listed in the Official Register and Directory of Women's Clubs in America, Volume 15 under "Dramatic Readers and Recitals" in the list of Official Classified List of Lecturers and Entertainers for the Use of Program Committees. She lists her credentials as a "Bachelor of Literary Interpretation." A folded card accompanies the collection of slides as an advertisement for lectures, and is labeled "Circular 1935." Her programs besides "Luther Burbank, Plant Scientist," included "The Tournament of Roses," "California Travelogues," "Our State Flowers," "Poems of the Flower World," "Shakespeare's Garden," and others. Included are three copies of the text that accompanies the slide program; one is handwritten, the other two are typed carbon copies. Also present are two drafts of a shorter two page essay by Corwin, "Luther Burbank - An Appreciation." Written 19 years after Burbank's death in 1926, Corwin relates visiting him for the last time in October of 1925. The handwritten slide transcript is signed on the last page and underneath notes "Property of Mr[s?] Chas. B. Lewis" of Providence, RI. This is presumed either Dr. Charles B. Lewis, physician and Director of Health and Physical Education in the Providence public schools, or his wife Mary.; Book .
  • Bookseller: Back of Beyond Books, ABAA US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 007194
  • Title: Lantern Slides and Notes for a Program on Luther Burbank
  • Author: Corwin, Elsie Powers
  • Format/binding: No Binding
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Publisher: E.W. Goodrich, Tremont Temple
  • Place: Boston, MA
  • Bookseller catalogs: Botany;


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