Magic Lantern Slide: Doll Series - The Trapeze Act

William Weaver Baker and his wife Lily were keen amateur photographers who lived in Exeter for much of their married life. This slide is part of a set they created probably around the years 1910-1915 which features dolls in costumes and scenarios. This tableau composition is taken from a theatrical style with actors in static poses, which was adopted by photographers in Victorian and Edwardian England. This cleverly staged image shows two dolls doing a circus trapeze act (or ‘trapese’ as Weaver Baker spelt it), hanging in mid-air above a safety net.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
glasspaperphotographic emulsion
Common Name
Magic Lantern Slide: Doll Series - The Trapeze Act
Simple Name
Inscription Transcription
handwritten 'The Trapese[sic] Act. Doll series.' on mount
Period Classification
Edwardian (1901-1914); World War I (1914-1918); Inter War (1918-1939)
Production Country
United Kingdom
Production Person Initials
W. Weaver
Production Person Surname

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Lantern Slide: The Trapeze Act