Kinfolk Magazine Los Angeles Dinner
Thom Atkinson - 18th-century Medical Artifacts (from the Wellcome Collection, London)
1. Phrenological Heads
2. Case of Glass Eyes
3. Amputation Saws
4. Assorted Syringes
5. Sir Hiram Maxim’s Pipe of Peace
6. Medicine Chest
I went to a market today in midtown and met a girl who was selling her poems. You pick your topic and price and she writes you a poem on the spot. The girl before me traded her favorite drawing pen for a poem. I traded $3 for a poem about traveling.
WARNING: Not Safe for Work … or for Your Exam in Hematology
The Morphology of Human Blood Cells (1956)
Dorothy Sturm’s beautiful watercolors are difficult to distinguish from an actual microphotograph (except perhaps they are clearer and more detailed than a micrograph, and certainly superior to images from the 1950’s).
Sturm’s watercolor on paper illustrations, drawn directly from Wright-stained smears prepared by [microbiologists], depicted normal, pathological and infectious hematology with a clarity, detail and beauty that photomicrography of the 1950’s simply couldn’t approach. JAMA, in a review of the first edition, even called her work “of exceptional quality.”
 This table showing hematopoiesis (as it was understood in 1956) was the frontispiece of the first edition of Diggs’ The Morphology of Human Blood Cells. Here’s the key to this illustration.
 Cell types found in smears of peripheral blood from normal individuals
 Blood parasites
 Fat cells
 Megakarocytes and thrombocytes
SOURCE: Codex 99
Women boxing on a roof, circa 1930s
THIS IS LITERALLY THE RADDEST PHOTO I’VE EVER SEEN
ARE YOU KIDDING
The composition of a water molecule explained in “Beyond the Microscope,” a GE science film from 1922.
This is great! New YouTube channel idea: Vintage science films. I call dibs.
I guess it’s worth noting that this is not at all what electrons actually “look” like or how bonding works, but I don’t really mind for some reason.