Every time I go to an antique mall where I have a chance to interact with a dealer or an owner, I am thrilled, because I invariably learn something new. Last weekend, I learned that people collect old glass slides that were used to teach art history back in the day. Oh yes. It’s a thing.
Prices for these things are all over the map. Some are rare, and some are hand colored. Those all cost more, so I suggest avoiding those. I bought a “lot” of them on eBay, and after I paid for shipping, the slides were still less than $2 per slide – which was about $10 less per slide than I had seen them selling in the antique market where I discovered them.
I plan to use these slides in several projects down the line, but first things first, I wanted to display one in the negative space in my dining room wall, also known as a “pass through.” I dragged my son to Goodwill, where we found a frame that would fit the slide for $0.99 cents, and I used some eye hooks and random chain I had around the house.
If you’d like to get your hands on some of these, you can search Etsy or eBay for “art history glass slides” or “Magic Lantern slides.” Have fun!