That Gap Between Thoughts

smallspecialcollections:

Ooh la la! This beautiful little bookcase from the 1890s is from the LIndemann miniature book collection. The ten volumes have original colored glazed paper wrappers and gilt stamped titles on front and spine. A small gilt decoration is stamped on back of each, at the center. All are housed in a worn brocade-covered Louis XV-style bookcase with beveled glass door and cloth-covered shelves.All books have the title-page imprint “Paris 1896” and colophon “Paris, Imp. Pairault & Cie.” (Lindemann 05745).

smallspecialcollections:

Ooh la la! This beautiful little bookcase from the 1890s is from the LIndemann miniature book collection. The ten volumes have original colored glazed paper wrappers and gilt stamped titles on front and spine. A small gilt decoration is stamped on back of each, at the center. All are housed in a worn brocade-covered Louis XV-style bookcase with beveled glass door and cloth-covered shelves.All books have the title-page imprint “Paris 1896” and colophon “Paris, Imp. Pairault & Cie.” (Lindemann 05745).

vile-grotesque:

I am having to rebuild my oddities shelf after I lost most of it in the move from my mother’s house. This is all I have left minus my rabbit furs and my ostrich egg that I haven’t quite figured out how to display.

jtotheizzoe:

pythox:

Vrolik Museum, Amsterdam

Bones, glorious bones. Looks like a cool place.

*Googles “Vrolik Museum photos”*

WHOA, WHAT THE FORMALDEHYDE IS THIS?!

The Vrolik Museum is dedicated primarily to human and animal anatomical mutants. It features preserved embryos, deformed skeletons and various other odd accoutrements. You’d be forgiven if it gives you the willies.

Before the 20th century, anatomical collections like this were one of medicine’s most valuable research tools. Before we understood genes and DNA, doctors had to look upon mutants and cadavers, dissecting and studying them to discover the medical basis of their malformations.

With the development of modern molecular science, imagine what secrets are held among the deformed DNA within these cases! 

Take a photo tour of the Vrolik Museum here, although it’s not for the faint of heart.