Monday, 17 February 2014

The weird & wonderful

From the heritage collections at Auckland Libraries, here is a visual tour through the weird and wonderful.You never know what you might find ... from strange fancy dress choices and the splendour of the natural world to animals with abnormalities and miniature furniture. Its a virtual cabinet of curiosity!

People:

Ref: AWNS-19140507-44-1, a radiograph of a child who had swallowed a toy bicycle, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 1054-UN124, group in very strange fancy dress, 1910-1991, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 4 -RIC117, Employees of W H Fenton and Company, hat manufacturer, in bizarre fancy dress and caricature hats advertising a sale, 1889 Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 31-58438, Mr Wilson dressed in a bear costume holding a bottle of wine & a biscuit, 1909, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Natural landscapes & features:

Ref: AWNS-19371229-49-2, nature's weird architecture, Porter's Pass, Canterbury, 1937, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19100331-3-1, ice cave non the Hochstetter Glacier, near Mount Cook, 1910, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19051221-14-1, geothermal activity at Lake Rotomahana, 1905, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19080409-15-3, formations in the Waitomo Caves, 1908, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19230830-44-5, geyser at Whakarewarewa, 1923, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Ref: AWNS-19260218-50-2, a birch tree in the bush at Eastbourne, 1926, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Man made:

Ref: AWNS-19080220-7-3, a train on the Raurimu Spiral, 1908, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19220824-40-6, miniature furniture, 1922, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Animals:

Ref: AWNS-19091028-4-5 a two headed calf with extra legs, 1908, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19120829-14-1, sheep with an extraordinary horn growth, 1912, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19231101-39-4, a chicken with a cat like head, 1923, Sir George Grey Special Collections

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