In our early days, we often simply placed objects all over tables to show off as much of the collection as possible. Of course this left them easily exposed to damage and theft, so we no longer display them like this, but it still looks neat. This image is from 1934 and features a small portion of our scrimshaw collection. The finest piece is that large panbone next to the paddle from 1857/1858 depicting the Civic Heroes of the American Revolution and the Washington Monument at Richmond. It was made by Nathaniel Sylvester Finney, a veteran whaleman.
I believe I have posted other photographs before of our International Antarctic Exhibition before, but this one (from Jan. 23, 1963) shows Admiral Dufek being interviewed by Channel 13.