An actual antique!  “Made from steel and brass, the elbow joint on this artificial arm can be moved by releasing a spring, the top joint of the wrist rotates and moves up & down, and the fingers can curl up and straighten out. The wearer may have disguised it with a glove. Among the most common causes of amputation throughout the 1800s were injuries received as a result of warfare.”

An actual antique! “Made from steel and brass, the elbow joint on this artificial arm can be moved by releasing a spring, the top joint of the wrist rotates and moves up & down, and the fingers can curl up and straighten out. The wearer may have disguised it with a glove. Among the most common causes of amputation throughout the 1800s were injuries received as a result of warfare.”

Selenographia Moon Globe, by John Russell, London, 1797.    ©Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

Selenographia Moon Globe, by John Russell, London, 1797. ©Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

Invalid chair, Europe, 1850-1890 "Unlike modern wheelchairs that have four wheels, this chair has three: two large front wheels and one small rear wheel. This means the patient was unable to wheel the chair themselves. They would have had an assistant. The chair is heavy so presumably they would not have gone very far or very fast. This elaborately carved chair dates from the late 1800s. It is made of wood with a sprung padded seat." Object number: A73063, Science Museum, London

Invalid chair, Europe, 1850-1890 "Unlike modern wheelchairs that have four wheels, this chair has three: two large front wheels and one small rear wheel. This means the patient was unable to wheel the chair themselves. They would have had an assistant. The chair is heavy so presumably they would not have gone very far or very fast. This elaborately carved chair dates from the late 1800s. It is made of wood with a sprung padded seat." Object number: A73063, Science Museum, London

The dial of a sundial is equivalent to a 24 hour clock face. Sundials track the motion of the sun, so noon and midnight appear directly opposite each other on the face. The equatorial dial on this polyhedral sundial is marked with all 24 hours (1..12, 1..12). It was made by Hans Koch in Munich in 1578. The original is in Munich.

The dial of a sundial is equivalent to a 24 hour clock face. Sundials track the motion of the sun, so noon and midnight appear directly opposite each other on the face. The equatorial dial on this polyhedral sundial is marked with all 24 hours (1..12, 1..12). It was made by Hans Koch in Munich in 1578. The original is in Munich.

Dog space suits for the earliest canine cosmonauts

Dog space suits for the earliest canine cosmonauts

Dog Space Suit Canine high-altitude partial pressure suit which was used in sub-orbital biological research flights. Now on display at the National Space Centre.

Opium for headaches and women's discomforts. Also a favourite recreational habit of the romantic poets Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Art and literature abound with tales of the pleasures and dangers of burning the midnight oil.

Opium for headaches and women's discomforts. Also a favourite recreational habit of the romantic poets Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Art and literature abound with tales of the pleasures and dangers of burning the midnight oil.

Tiny steampunk insects made with watch parts, by Justin Gershenson-Gates./rachelle/ McCalla

Tiny Mechanical Insects Made of Watch Parts

Tiny steampunk insects made with watch parts, by Justin Gershenson-Gates./rachelle/ McCalla

The specimens of Alex CF feature an incredible collection of “cryptozoological pseudoscientific art” (In other words, he makes and sells all of them). http://technoccult.net/archives/2008/10/28/technoccult-interviews-alex-cf-cryptozoological-pseudoscientific-artist/

The specimens of Alex CF feature an incredible collection of “cryptozoological pseudoscientific art” (In other words, he makes and sells all of them). http://technoccult.net/archives/2008/10/28/technoccult-interviews-alex-cf-cryptozoological-pseudoscientific-artist/

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