PACHSmörgåsbord: Museums

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Plague Columns in Central Europe

Plague columns are fairly common in Central Europe. While most date from the Baroque period, some are much earlier. Here are three.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 05/29 at 01:10 PM

Thursday, February 07, 2013

The Caspar Wistar Plaque on 4th Street

Philadelphia is peppered with memorializing plaques celebrating the city’s rich scientific history. Here is the Caspar Wistar memorial.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/07 at 09:44 AM

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Corporate, Personal, and Neon Museums

Carpigiani’s gelato museum, Bill Koch’s old west town, and Las Vegas’s neon museum show how museums continue to assert authority and establish identity.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/31 at 07:19 AM

Monday, September 10, 2012

Collecting Memo Books

Aaron Draplin has an impressive collection of 20th-century memo books. His own personal museum of memo books.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/10 at 11:07 AM

Saturday, September 08, 2012

From Trash Collecting to Collection of Trash

Nelson Molina is a NYC sanitation worker who has created his own museum from the treasures he finds discarded in trashcans throughout the city

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/08 at 11:34 AM

Monday, March 19, 2012

HOS Micropost: Collect it, Display it, and Call it a Museum

When does a personal collection become a museum? A recent NY Times article seems to present that question.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/19 at 11:02 PM

Friday, February 24, 2012

On Pepper Mills

Another collection of everyday objects that have become so much more. Here a collection of pepper mills become the furniture in a family’s memory palace.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/24 at 05:15 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2012

On Salt Shakers and Chinese Takeout Menus

What is the difference between the Luddens’ collection of salt and pepper shakers and Spiller’s collection of Chinese takeout menus? Very little really. They both reflect the collector’s efforts to exercise authority over a particular domain.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/16 at 01:51 AM

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

An Astrolabe Rant

This is just a rant about the British Museum’s “Mini Eastern Astrolabe.” I am upset by a couple significant inaccuracies in this little trinket. I think the BM has a responsibility to “try” to get the history of science correct.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/07 at 01:34 PM
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Charles Babbage, Eat Your Heart Out

A video on the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient Greek astronomical calculator, is a beautiful piece of science communication.

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 12/10 at 08:12 AM

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