Way Back Wednesdays

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May 1973 Tour of the museum for Russian Scientists, Captain Yuryi Dimov, Leonid Kryshtyn and Aleksandr Morozov with interpreter Nataly Martin

In May of 1973 we gave a tour for several Russian Scientists, including a figurehead carving demonstration.

William T. Radcliffe was the official museum photographer for a long time and this shot of him (in 1955) preparing a model for photography is great.  Have to love those old cameras!  It also begs the question of, who is taking a photo of the photographer.   Read more

Way Back Wednesdays

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While I don’t often post images that just show one object, I chose to do with this piece as the condition has drastically changed through the years.  This pictures shows the smallest model in our collection, which just happens to be in a flashlight bulb.  The pencil is great for comparison as it shows just how small the piece is.  We still have this in our collection, but the glass of the bulb has filmed over and the little model is barely visible now.

Here we have a group of Seascouts from Baltimore, Maryland in front of our then main entrance in May of 1949.  No doubt they come to tour the museum as we still have groups like this come and visit us from time to time.  If possible, we try to provide them with special behind-the-scenes tours, which are always a lot of fun.   Read more

Smallest object in the collection

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We’ve recently discovered which object in our collection is the smallest.  It is a coin, a Pegasos Stater of Corinth, which we’ve been able to date to 625-585 BCE due to the design on it.  On one side (what I would assume is the front) is an image of Pegasos (also spelled Pegasus) and on the other side is a type of swastika.  A picture of either side is below.  The first image is Pegasos, which is difficult to see as it has been pretty worn down, but the other side is easier to make out.

Of course you may be wondering why it is just now we are discovering this object as the smallest in the collection (as well as possibly being the oldest).  It is because there hasn’t been much work done on this particular coin and it has pretty much lain in storage forgotten, while we thought that a ship model was the smallest object.  This ship model (pictured below) is in a flashlight bulb, which seems pretty unbelievable to me!  You can see how tiny it is and understand why we thought that this was our smallest object.   Read more