Video: rare magic lantern slides found of Sheffield company

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Sheffield Star Retro reader Peter Furniss brought in these magic lantern slides of a Sheffield saw-making firm that give a fascinating glimpse of the city’s proud industrial heritage.

Peter, who is a collector and dealer in magic lantern slides and projectors, found them in a box of 1,000 he bought at auction.

Magic lanternslides of Sheffield tool and blade makers

Magic lanternslides of Sheffield tool and blade makers

He appealed for other Retro readers to help identify the people in the slides, who worked for city company John Elsworth and Sons.

Sheffield tool manufacturing expert Ken Hawley, whose collection is on permanent display at Kelham Island Museum, has seen the 40 slides and identified the processes that they are showing.

He says that they are a unique record of circular and bandsaw manufacture in the city dating back to the 1930s and they may be acquired as part of his collection.

Did you or a member of your family work at the company at the time? Get in touch with us and share your memories with Retro at The Star. Contact Julia Armstrong on or call 0114 276 7676, extension 3515.