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THE CURIOUS COLLECTOR

PHANTOM OF THE ORTHO DENTAL COLLECTIONS P29

IN A PICKLE?

Tips and tricks on how to properly preservea specimen

ANIMAL HOUSE

Ryan Jacobs is best known for his exotic taxidermy pieces and it taking us inside his house

LUNAR LUST

Space artifacts are some of the hardest to come by. We始ll show you where they are hiding

TOP SHOP

These obscure cities house some of the best oddities in the world


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Must Grabs T his M o n t h ’ s fe at u r ed ite m s i n c l u de m ed i ca l , m a ca b r e , a n d m o r e . . .

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A b s u r d it y ’ s monthly c o m pe l ati o n of o dD iti es f r o m around the country.

M ed i c i n e C as e 1865 A tl a n ta , G A

T w o B o d i ed Pig 2004 B o is e , I D

G as M as k 1924 D et r o it , M I

Tribal Sculpture M e ca b r e B o x es

11th-12th Cent I n d o n es i a

1943 C r o w n s v i lL e , M D


A b s u r d it y ’ s monthly c o m pe l ati o n of o dD iti es f r o m around the country.

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MEDICINE CASE M ed i c i n e C as e 1865 A tl a n ta , G A

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dated to 1865, this medical B o is e , I D was used by a case traveling doctor. Medicine in the botT les are forms of asprins as welL as herbal remedies to treat comM on ailments. 2004

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How to M ed i c i n e C as e 1865

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Buying a preserved oddity is on things buthow about jarring your own specimen? It seems every collector has their own special mixture when it comes to preservatives but we are going to break it down easy for you in 6 short steps.

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Maintaining an odditiies collection can get a little gross, especially if your “preserved two-headed pig” isnt so preserved anymore. We did our research on verious ways on how to properly preserve your specimen or “re-preserve” in the case of your rotting twin pig. There seems to be hundreds of mixtures and formulas that collectors swear by, so we narrowed it down to our favorite

and materials used in old school dentistry

Dental Phantom // 1932 An early 1930 s Dental Phantom. Made of an aluminum skull with steel gums, this piece was used to teach dental students about the anatomy of the jaw. Students could practice removing, drilling, and filling teeth, without the consequences of working on a live patient.

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A tl a n ta , G A

T w o B o d i ed Pig 2004 B o is e , I D

G as M as k 1924 D et r o it , M I

Tribal Sculpture M e ca b r e B o x es

11th-12th Cent I n d o n es i a

1943 C r o w n s v i lL e , M D


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Preserve Specimens Buying a preserved oddity is on things buthow about jarring your own specimen? It seems every collector has their own special mixture when it comes to preservatives but we are going to break it down easy for you in 6 short steps.

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PICKLE?

Maintaining an odditiies collection can get a little gross, especially if your “preserved two-headed pig” isnt so preserved anymore. We did our research on verious ways on how to properly preserve your specimen or “re-preserve” in the case of your rotting twin pig. There seems to be hundreds of mixtures and formulas that collectors swear by, so we narrowed it down to our favorite


Buying a preserved oddity is on things buthow about jarring your own specimen? It seems every collector has their own special mixture when it comes to preservatives but we are going to break it down easy for you in 6 short steps. Maintaining an odditiies collection can get a little gross, especially if your “preserved two-headed pig” isnt so preserved anymore. We did our research on verious ways on how to properly preserve your specimen or “re-preserve” in the case of your rotting twin pig. There seems to be hundreds of mixtures and formulas that collectors swear by, so we narrowed it down to our favorite

A l l o w fo r s p e c i m e n t o s i t i n B o u i n ’s Fl u i d [ f i x at i ve ] fo r 1 2 h o u rs t o e n s u re d u rab i l i t y a n d l a s t i n g p re s e rvat i o n . I n s ep a rat e c o m t a i n e r, c o m b i n e Fo r m a l i n a n d wat e r at a rat i o o f 1:10.

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Optional- Add 1 teaspoon of gl yc e r i n t o eve r y q u a r t o f m i x t u re t o p re s e rve c o l o r o f specimen. After specimen has been in f i x at i ve fo r 1 2 h o u rs, re m ove a n d p u t i n a l c o h o l b at h a n d s o a k n o m o re t h a n 2 m i nu t e s. P l a c e i n cl e a n j a r o r t h e c o n t a i n e r yo u a re u s i n g.


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Bouin’s Fluid 12 Hour Bath

1:10 Ratio Formalin to Water

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Allow for specimen to sit in Bouin’s Fluid [fixative] for 12 hours to ensure durability and lasting preservation.

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I n s e p a r a t e c o n t a i n e r, c o m b i n e Formalin and water at a ratio of 1:10.

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Optional- Add 1 teaspoon of glycerin to every quart of mixture to preserve color of specimen.

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2 min alcohol bath fixative for 12 hours, remove and to clean container

put in alcohol bath and soak no more than 2 minutes. Place in clean jar or the container you are using. +

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C a r e f u l l y p o u r F o r m a l i n , w a t e r, a n d glycerin mixture into jar with specimen, until the liquid level Seal and store Pour mixture reaches no more than a half inch into container from the rim. Seal jar tight. +

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Ratios are meant for commercial Formalin at 40%

Specimens are best kept while stored on a flat surface with minimal movement. The jar can be exposed to sunlight, however running the risk of color fade

Jars with rubber washer lids are ideal to ensure tightness and water resistance.


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DENTAL over all the teeth-tingling, tools and

materials used in old school dentistry It’s no secret that there is a special place in the collector’s heart for obscure medical oddities and even still we stumble accross items we have not seen or heard of before. Through our research in finding some of the most interesting medical tools, we came across some wildest in the field of dentistry.

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DENTAL over all the teeth-tingling, antique tools

and materials used in old school dentistry

Dental Phantom // 1932 An early 1930 s Dental Phantom. Made of an aluminum skull with steel gums, this piece was used to teach dental students about the anatomy of the jaw. Students could practice removing, drilling, and filling teeth, without the consequences of working on a live patient.

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800BC Etruseans made false teeth from animal teeth and bones.

400BC Greeks began to study mouth disease.

12th CENT.

Barbers doubled at dentists and preformed small dental surgeris.

1498 The first known toothbrush was invented in China.

1530 The first dental text book was written in Germany.

1685 “The Operator for the Teeth� was the first English dental text book.

18th CENT.

Specialized dental tools similar to the ones we use today were invented such as the first dental drill.

1892 The tube of toothpaste was invented.


Jaw Clamp // 1926 Used to pry the mouth open, the jaw clamp as since been toned down in the severity. The clamp could be adjusted to expand the mouth while performing surgery.


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ANIMAL HOUSE

When a show like “Bones” needs, well, bones, Hollywood calls on Burbank native Gary Robbins. Same goes for werewolves, sneaker-clad bison and Stuart Little's stand-in all can be found in an unassuming warehouse and workshop located in downtown Burbank across from a comedy club. After walking under the giant shark with someone's legs in its jaws, y o u ' r e g r e e t e d a t B i s c h o ff ' s Ta x i d e r m y a n d A n i m a l F X by a reception area resplendent with serpents, critters, giant mamoths, creepy-crawlies, and a nice married couple who welcome you into their business in the same way a mom and pop might invite you in to s e l l y o u s h o e s o r s o m e b a k e d g o o d s . B u t a t B i s c h o ff ' s , the crafts of Gary and Mary Robbins are of a macabre sort. And it's the go-to source of Hollywood's animaltaxidermy and other taxidermied animals needs. “What's fun is making up the custom orders — especially when they want blood and guts,” Gary Robbins s a i d . T h a t ' s w h y, i n h i s s h o p , r o a d k i l l h a s i t s p l a c e n e x t to beautifully pristine fox pelts, mounted moose h e a d s a n d a s t u ff e d b e a r. T h e t h o u s a n d s o f animals that fill his building are expertly arranged by Robbins and bizarre ,


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I t ' s s t i l l h a r d a n d e x p e n s ive t o create realistic animals using p u r e l y a n i m a t i o n , s o Ro b b i n s p l a n s t o ke e p h i s s h o p a s l o n g a s t h e r e ' s wo r k , a n d t h e t e ch n o l o g y l a g s b e h i n d t h e satisfying splurt of a “real” s e we r r a t s t u f f e d w i t h a b l o o d b l a d d e r. O r, s o a s l o n g a s artists come calling with s t r a n g e r e q u e s t s. Ro b b i n s ' m o r e c r e a t ive wo r k h a s i nvo l ve d a d i s p l ay f o r a n a r t i s t w h o wa n t e d h i m t o w r a p

s n a ke s k i n a r o u n d a n o s t r i ch b o d y.

H e ' s a l s o a f f i xe d s e ve r a l alligator heads to one body f o r a n e p i s o d e o f “ D e x t e r,” and on at least one occasion r o cke r M a r i l y n M a n s o n a s ke d f o r a l a m b s k i n j a cke t . The mark of a tr ue t a x i d e r m i s t , Ro b b i n s s ay s, i s o n e w h o c o n s t a n t l y o b s e r ve s animals in the wild to u n d e r s t a n d h ow t h e y m ove a n d h ow t h e i r mu s c l e s wo r k . He orders a pelt and shapes a body

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a s h ow l i ke “ B o n e s ” n e e d s, we l l , b o n e s, H o l l y wo o d c a l l s o n B u r b a n k n a t ive G a r y Ro b b i n s. S a m e g o e s f o r we r e wo l ve s, s n e a ke r- c l a d bison and Stuart Little's stand-in all can be found in a n u n a s s u m i n g wa r e h o u s e a n d wo r k s h o p l o c a t e d i n d ow n t ow n . B u r b a n k a c r o s s


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