November 15, 2012 § 1 Comment
I’m addicted to this scientific antique site. Looking for that perfect antique surgical saw perhaps..? It’s all here.
These two images above are;
Anatomical model heart circa 1890
“A scarce signed and dated 1855 antique anatomical model of the human head by Auzoux. The model is oversized (18″ OAH) and termed greatly enlarged by Auzoux. The half of a human head is quite detailed and dramatic. First generation French Auzoux anatomical models are very desirable.”
“A detailed anatomical model of the human head in mid-section. The life-size model is by Auzoux, Paris, and so marked. It is in excellent condition and is mounted on a later base.”
October 10, 2012 § Leave a Comment
This Plaster model of an executed Chinese criminal case was made in England c. 1910 and resides at the Science Museum, London.
Description from Science museum site;
‘This model head is reportedly an executed Chinese Yangstze river pirate. It is made of plaster. The long ponytail is real human hair. It is particularly gruesome because it depicts the head in great anatomical detail. Arteries, veins and spinal cord are accurately modelled across the severed neck. The head also has its own bloodstained carrying box. The origins and purpose of the model are uncertain. It was possibly used in an exhibition because it was made in England early in the last century.’
[found on Moshita]
April 12, 2012 § 1 Comment
Hidden in the National Library of Medicine’s collection is more than 17 million items, a selection of which have been collected in the new publication form Blast Books called Hidden Treasures. 450 colour illustrations show medicine and anatomy from the eleventh century to the present.
Images from top; Life-sized fold-out model of the human body; White’s Physiological Manikin, 1886, James T. White & Co.
Atlas of Topographic Anatomy, 1911, Eugène-Louis Doyen with J.-P. Bouchon and R. Doyen; heliotypes by E. Le Deley
[Images from Blast Books]
January 12, 2012 § 1 Comment
You’ve probably noticed the latest fashion of using vintage images to make art and crafts as they are copyright free (due to them being so old they are now outside of copyright laws) and an easy and cheap way to legally obtain and use images. There are sites such as The Graphics Fairy that specialise in sourcing and uploading vintage copyright free images for you to use. Or there are books such as the ones above available here to buy. In fact, there’s even an entire bookshop in Covent Garden that sells copyright free material called The Dover Bookshop (below).
January 5, 2012 § Leave a Comment
The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses covers the worlds most important charnel sites. ‘ranging from the crypts of the Capuchin monasteries in Italy and the skull-encrusted columns of the ossuary in Évora in Portugal, to the strange tomb of a 1960s wealthy Peruvian nobleman decorated with the exhumed skeletons of his Spanish ancestors’
The author Paul Koudounaris is giving a lecture for Hendrick’s Lecture series with The Last Tuesday Society on 7th February 2012 in London. You can read more about the book and obtain information on how to attend the lecture here.
November 11, 2011 § Leave a Comment
In a suburb of Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic called Sedlec, is a chapel which was converted in to a bone storage building with the overflow of bones due to an outbreak of the Plague in the 14th century. In 1870 a Frantisek Rint decided to arrange the bones into more interesting patterns…. you can see the results for yourself above. There’s plenty more to read about it here if you want to know more.