Introduction

SEARCHING AN INVISIBLE WORLD FOR ITS TINIEST THINGS

AN EXHIBIT ABOUT THE PUBLIC’S CAPTIVATION WITH MICROSCOPY DURING THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

Searching an Invisible World is an outgrowth from the author’s collection of science-related artifacts from eighteen-hundred through the early twentieth century. The website’s objective is to display the assemblage during its organization into a self-supporting traveling public exhibition for enjoyment and education. Contents of the website will change weekly, documenting the progress toward achieving that goal. An inventory of items ready for on-site display can be found at the bottom of each topic page. The scope of the exhibit is limited by the artifacts owned by the collection. The collection is growing with new items continually being added weekly. I am a novice curator and will benefit from suggestions and comments from any experienced with managing an enterprise such as this.

        Nineteenth-century microscopy is a vast topic, and input from others in the historical and scientific communities is dearly welcome. All intellectual and physical contributions to this work that fits with the topic’s spirit will be attributed appropriately. 

           The microscopy of Mary Ann Allard Booth and The Kentucky Meat Shower pages are complete.

The topic page about Mary Booth displays her microscope slides, photography, and writings. Contemporary award-winning photomicrographs highlight Booth’s skillful microscope slide preparations. During her time, Mary Ann Booth frequently displayed her microscope slides and photomicrographs at exhibitions for public enjoyment and education, as did her contemporaries that shared her craft. Exhibits revealing the microscopic world’s beauty and secrets were popular events during Victorian times. Searching An Invisible World intends to recreate that wonderful tradition.


How to cite information from the website: Reiser, Frank W. (2022/05/20) Introduction. Searching An Invisible World. https://antiqueslides.net/