Primus Catalogue

These slides were produced by the London firm of W. Butcher & Sons. The slides themselves were produced by a lithographic process and sold as a set of eight  in a cardboard box for about 2/6 per set. The series was divided into series A , B. and C
Series A  was described as "comic tales and nursery stories ,with reading on the slides" and Series B & C had readings printed on paper lecture notes, longer stories required extra chapters. Slides can be usually recognized by stories being in "multiples of  8 slides" with black paper binding tape. The images were either circular or square with rounded corners, and were prone to crazing. I have used the original numbering in the documentation of these slides however it is important to note that  this is in no way a definitive catalogue as slide sets were constantly being added or deleted from the catalogue.

Junior Lecturers Series A

500 Sweep & whitewasher                                             508 Jack the giant killer
501 Willie's revenge                                                       509 The elephant's revenge
502 Never ride a strange horse                                     510 Mr & Mrs. Brown & a mouse
503 Nursery rhymes                                                       511 Puss in boots
504 How Jing Jing bagged his quarry                           512 Jack & the beanstalk
506 Where there's a will there's a way                          513 Old Mother Hubbard
507 Foolish bird & artful hedgehog                               514 The tiger & the tub

Junior Lecturers Series B 


600 Tom Thumb                                                            725/6 Views of London (2 chapters) 
601 A country courtship                                                 727/8 Russo Japanese war (2 chapters)
602 Cock Robin                                                             729/31 Japan & its people (2 chapters)
603 Red Riding Hood                                                    732/733 Gulliver's travels (2 chapters)
604 The honey stealers                                                 740 Our colonies Canada
605 Mr. O' Toole & the umbrella                                   741 Our colonies New Zealand
606 Living statuary                                                         742 Our colonies Australia
607 Caudle's curtain lectures                                        743 Our colonies India
608 Comical cats & dogs                                              744 Our colonies South Africa
609 Everyday street sounds                                          745/50 Animals (6 chapters)
610 John Gilpin                                                               751/53 Birds (3 chapters)
611 Robinson Crusoe                                                    754/56 Reptiles (3 chapters)
701/5 Boer war (5 chapters)                                          757/59 Butterflies & moths (3 chapters)
706/10 Queen Victoria (5 chapters)                              760/62 Sea animals (3 chapters)
712/3 The British Army ( 2 chapters)                            763 The house that Jack built
714/15 The British Navy (2 chapters)                           764  The Three Bears
716 Our lifeboatmen                                                      765 Cinderella
717 Our Firemen                                                           766/8 Children's life of Jesus(3 chapters)
718/21 South African Heroes (4 chapters)                  769/70 Aesop's fables
722 Brave deeds                                                           771 Sinbad the sailor
723 Birds & their nests                                                  772 Aladdin
724 Wild animals & how hunted