‘The Loss of the Titanic’ magic lantern slides

After Titanic sank, a charitable fund was created to raise money for the families of those lost in the tragedy. As part of the fund-raising effort, a song called ‘Be British’ was written and the sheet-music sold to the public. An early recording was also made and Bamforths, one of the UK’s most prolific lantern slide manufacturers, produced a set of slides to accompany the song. This video brings together Bamforths’ slide images and the original music. The song lyrics are a little uncomfortable to hear, one hundred years later, as they are far more patriotic than we are used to. They do, though, reflect a time when Britain ruled the waves and the British Empire was at its height.

If you found this interesting, please share it with your family and friends. If you’re not reading it on my ‘Magic Lantern World‘ website, then please visit. There are over one hundred illustrated articles about Victorian slide projection and links to my historical photo-booklets on Amazon and my Etsy store for historical photo greetings cards with a twist. You can read about my authentic Victorian magic lantern shows and talks on ‘Optical entertainments before the movies’ and lots more!

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