All-Prayer Foundlings Home lantern slide collection

Abstract

This collection was compiled by George C. Cromer, founder of the All-Prayer Foundlings Home, and used in presentations he delivered throughout the region about their work caring for orphans and the biblical tenants on which their work was modeled.

Descriptive Summary

Title
All-Prayer Foundlings Home lantern slide collection
Creator
Cromer, George C., 1869-1950
Extent
70 slides
Subjects
Foundlings
Orphanages--Kentucky--Louisville
Finding Aid Author
Cromer,George C., 1869-1950
Preferred Citation
Proper bibliographic and footnote credit is required. Permission to use quotes from manuscripts, must be obtained from the Curator of Special Collections. The preferred form of citation for manuscripts is: Specific cite of materials as appropriate, Collection title, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky. The researcher is responsible for acquiring any necessary permissions regarding copyright.
Repository
The Filson Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The All-Prayer Foundlings Home was established in 1905 by George C. Cromer and his wife Grace to care for orphans under the age of two. They took the name from John Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress, in which the pilgrim relied on prayer to protect him rather than carrying a weapon. Founded on the principle that they would trust God to meet all their needs and take on no debt, other than carefully considered loans for the houses, the Cromers refused to solicit donations and instead followed the pilgrim's example and asked God to answer their prayers. The Cromers initially established the institution in their home at 1622 Story Avenue. In 1918, they moved the home to 2305 Sycamore Avenue. Mrs. Comer designed and had built a second home next door specifically to meet the needs of the orphans and mothers. According to The Golden Key, the pamphlet written by Mr. Cromer for the 25th anniversary of the founding of the home, in the first twenty-five years 709 children were cared for, with a mortality rate of 11%. The Cromers raised three of the Foundlings as their own: William and Louise, who were two weeks old when adopted, and Doris, a one-year-old. Over the first twenty-five years, Cromer spoke from pulpits in most all denominations in fifteen states to instruct parishioners how to live a life of prayer. The Golden Key pamphlet describes him 'packing up [his] lantern and curtain and slides' after just such a talk. (p.18) In another passage Cromer writes, "we have beautiful stereopticon views which we show and nearly always have some of the children from the Home along to sing and recite on the program." (p. 34)
Scope and Content
This collection consists of sixty nine glass lantern slides, four lantern slide boxes and a wood-mounted slide. The images include foundlings, adult caregivers, biblical scenes, teaching slides, and passages of scripture and hymns. The collection also includes a box of unused slide plates as well as several box tops and bottoms.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
No Special Restrictions.
Use Restrictions
No Special Restrictions.

Contents of the Collection

Child in winter coat

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.1
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Group of foundlings

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.2
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Stone wall

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.3
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A Lincoln history

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.4
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"Come Thou Font"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.5
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"Whosoever Will"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.6
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"Where is my wand'ring boy tonight"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.7
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"The Wondrous Cross"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.8
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"Jesus Savior Pilot Me"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.9
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"Out on the Mountain"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.10
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"Throw out the Life-line"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.11
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"Oh Worship the King"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.12
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"Sweet Name of Jesus"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.13
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"Jesus Shall Reign"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.14
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"Just As I Am"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.15
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"I rest upon the ground"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.16
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"The Crucifixion"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.17
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"Mother waiting"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.18
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"Rock of Ages"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.19
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"Esther implores Ahasuerus"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.20
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"Cobbled street in the Holy Land"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.21
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"Cairo and the Nile"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.22
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"Primitive shepherd"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.23
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"Evangelist shows the burning light"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.24
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Temperance slide 'Some "Let it Alone," Yet Suffer'

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.25
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"Rescue of Lot"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.26
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"The Great Physician"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.27
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"Solomon's reception of Queen of Sheba"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.28
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Mrs. Grace Cromer, matron of the All-Prayer Foundlings Home

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.29
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Children with goats on the lawn at 1622 Story Avenue

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.30
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Stamped envelope from All-Prayer Foundlings Home

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.31
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"Christian Climbing the Hill Difficulty"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.32
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"The Slough of Despond"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.33
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"The Three Shining Ones"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.34
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"Passion and Patience"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.35
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"Pilgrim knocking at the gate"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.36
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"Pilgrim parting from his family"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.37
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"At Bethel"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.38
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Orphans at the table

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.39
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"Courier of the desert; Bringing out the music"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.40
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Unidentified storefront

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.41
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Harned, KY; Texas, KY Learn Club

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.42
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Mrs. Grace Cromer, matron of the All-Prayer Foundlings Home

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.43
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"Where is my wandering boy" view of racetrack

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.44
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"Home Sweet Home"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.45
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"Home Sweet Home" in the garden

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.46
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"Where is my wandering boy tonight"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.47
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"Tell my mother"

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.48
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Negative of silver certificate

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.49
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Boy with suitcases

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.50
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Young child

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.51
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Drawing of church or school

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.52
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Boy in suit

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.53
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George C. Cromer (center) and other workers at the All-Prayer Foundlings Home

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.54
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All-Prayer Foundlings Home at 2305 Sycamore Avenue, Louisville, KY

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.55
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All-Prayer Foundlings Home at 1622 Story Avenue, Louisville, KY

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.56
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Girl and boy

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.57
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Family on porch

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.58
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Negative of child

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.59
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Negative of man sitting on chair

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.60
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Negative of man in hat with moustache

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.61
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Negative of child in chair on porch

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.62
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Young boy on patio

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.63
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Negative of child in chair on porch

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.64
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Negative of child standing on patio

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.65
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Double exposure of two women and a group of foundlings with their care takers

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.66
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Negative of man with beard

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.67
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Woman with child

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.68
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Negative of child with head in hand

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.69
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Commerically produced lantern slide illustration of doctor treating patient

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.70
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Eastman Kodak lantern slide box top

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.71
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Carbutt Dry Plate and Film Company polychromatic plate box top

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.72
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Carbutt's "New Process Plate" box top

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.73
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Carbutt's Keystone Dry Plates box top

  • Box 1, Item 012PC33.74
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