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Vintage Nature Illustration Wednesday – Snake

Ophidia I. Tropidonotus natrix Tab 18, by Paul Pfurtscheller

Ophidia I. Tropidonotus natrix Tab 18, by Paul Pfurtscheller

Vintage Nature Illustration Wednesday – Turtle Carapaces

Historische Bild- und Schriftgutsammlungen des Museums für Naturkunde - Bestand: Zool. Mus. Signatur: SI, Nachl. Schoepf II, Bl. 60

Historische Bild und Schriftgutsammlungen des Museums für Naturkunde – Bestand: Zool. Mus. Signatur: SI, Nachl. Schoepf II, Bl. 60

Vintage Nature Illustration Wednesday – Mushrooms

(This one was a gift - I sadly do not have illustrator info. If you know it, please tell me!)

(This one was a gift – I sadly do not have illustrator info. If you know it, please tell me!)

Curio Cabinet: Tulip Poplar Seedhead

CC tuliptree seed

The Curio Cabinet series (#curioTuesday) is published biweekly, featuring an artifact of natural or cultural history and a brief selection of nifty facts. Curio Cabinet celebrates the history of curio collections, the roots of which played a part in the globalization of learning and scientific knowledge. Learn more here.

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Vintage Nature Illustration Wednesday – Crabs

R. P. Nodder, 1814

R. P. Nodder, 1814

R. P. Nodder, 1814

R. P. Nodder, 1814

 

Curio Cabinet: Myrtlewood

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The Curio Cabinet series (#curioTuesday) is published biweekly, featuring an artifact of natural or cultural history and a brief selection of nifty facts. Curio Cabinet celebrates the history of curio collections, the roots of which played a part in the globalization of learning and scientific knowledge. Learn more here. Read the rest of this entry

Vintage Nature Illustration Wednesday – Octopus

Ulisse Aldrovandi, 16th century

Ulisse Aldrovandi, 16th century

Curio Cabinet: Obsidian

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The Curio Cabinet series (#curioTuesday) is published biweekly, featuring an artifact of natural or cultural history and a brief selection of nifty facts. Curio Cabinet celebrates the history of curio collections, the roots of which played a part in the globalization of learning and scientific knowledge. Learn more here.


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[Activity] Display Your Own Curio Collection

This month we wrote about the history of curio collections and we thought we’d also give you some ideas on making your own at home!

Your personal “curios” don’t have to be nature-only; they can be whatever trinkets you collect. When I was a little girl, my great-grandmother kept a huge, wide metal bowl on top of her bedroom wardrobe. When I visited, she’d pull it down and let me pick through the old tin toys inside that she’d kept since her childhood. Some of them were just colorful, others moved when you cranked the knobs or pumped the spinners. Although she’s passed now, her memory lives on for me in that bowl of toys and her smiling face when she’d take them down for me to play with.

That was the first curio collection I ever knew, and although mine aren’t comprised of toys, I hope that they speak to my nieces and nephews when they visit me.

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Vintage Nature Illustration Wednesday – Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes)

Nepenthes (Pitcher Plants) by Ernst Haeckel in Kunstformen der Natur.

Nepenthes (Pitcher Plants) by Ernst Haeckel in Kunstformen der Natur.