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  • 9,583 slide sets comprising over 273,000 slides...

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Hughes 'Bi-cylindrical' lantern, 1875
Hughes 'Bi-cylindrical' lantern, 1875

Slide showing scenic view in Australia
Slide showing scenic view in Australia