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Rushden Echo 5th December 1902, transcribed by Greville Watson
Silvograph Exhibition at Rushden

On Tuesday evening the Silvograph Animated Picture Company entered upon a two-days’ engagement at the Rushden Public Hall. Though the audience was not so large as the excellence of the exhibition deserved, those present were highly pleased with the entertainment provided. The programme opened with a short pianoforte selection, and throughout the pictures were accompanied by appropriate musical selections. The first series gave a capital representation of a railway journey through Devonshire, the beautiful scenery of the country being most faithfully depicted. Following a selection of comic pictures, which created great amusement, came films illustrative of the arrival of the Prince and Princess of Wales at Rhyl, and their departure after opening the hospital there. The scenes were photographed by the manager of the Silvograph by express Royal permission. A series of scenes, introducing troops from all parts of the world, gave a vivid impression of the Coronation review by Queen Alexandra and the Prince of Wales. Miscellaneous topical and other pictures were followed by an illustrated song by Madame Rose Garton, and the first part of the programme closed with another series of comic pictures. After clever ventriloquism by Mr Will Hunter, several series of animated photographs were exhibited. The volcanic eruption resulting in the overthrow of St Pierre was graphically portrayed; the clever feats of the Deonzo Brothers in their wonderful tub-jumping acts appeared most lifelike; and the arrival of the Boer Generals in England showed a stirring scene. In the Coronation Naval Review the long line of battleships was passed in review, and the view of the King’s yacht elicited hearty applause. The Coronation procession introduced lifelike presentations of various regiments, and the King’s procession through London at the end of October was very realistic. The reproduction of a scene at the King’s dinner to 8,000 showed the masterly manner in which Everhardt manipulated a large number of hoops at the same time, twirling and working them in a marvellous manner. Hearty applause greeted the sketch of the juggler who apparently took eggs direct from the live hen, and breaking them produced live chickens at once. The closing pictures gave a capital idea of the bustle and movement in the hurry of London firemen to the scene of a conflagration, and a realistic picture of a fireman entering a burning tenement and rescuing an inmate. Throughout the entertainment the audience showed appreciation of the fare provided by applause and followed the whole with the closest interest. A further performance took place on Wednesday evening, when incidents from the Chinese war were also introduced.

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