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Taxidermy
DON’T STUFF ‘EM- PETRIFY ‘EM! (Mar, 1957)

DON’T STUFF ‘EM- PETRIFY ‘EM!

That’s exactly what Julium Kovack does with his amazing new formula.

AFTER ten years of painstaking research Florida jewelry-maker Julium Kovack appears to have stumbled upon a method for preserving fish and game by means of three simple chemical injections that petrify the specimen.

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Stuffing the Evidence (Sep, 1947)

Stuffing the Evidence

Thore’s no need for a tall talc when you’ve got proof nailed on the wall.

FISHERMEN and hunters have in all ages enjoyed a justifiable pride in their accomplishments. Around this human weakness has grown the art of taxidermy. Among sportsmen, one of the best known of these craftsmen is Fred C. N. Parke, of Bangor, Maine.

Originally, he worked exclusively with game, but in recent years his volume has swung from animals to fish owing to the decrease of animal shooting and the upsurge in the popularity of fishing.

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MEET Kathryn Apelt – THE ARMADILLO GAL (May, 1956)

MEET Kathryn Apelt – THE ARMADILLO GAL

She turns these odd little armor-plated beasts into ornamental lamp shades and showy baskets.

“BRING them back alive.”

That’s what Mrs. Kathryn Apelt tells her more than 50 Mexican hunters who roam the moonlit highways of Comfort, Texas, in quest of armadillos for her unique and famous farm which lures visitors from all over the world.

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Take A Letter, Miss Bunny (Dec, 1936)

Take A Letter, Miss Bunny

TO ALL SPORTSMEN: DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE FROM HUNTING AND FISHING BY LEARNING TO MOUNT YOUR BEST TROPHIES…

IT’S EASY!

YES! It’s Easy to Learn, Right in Your Own Home, to MOUNT ANIMALS, FISH and BIRDS!

WILD GAME in growing scarcer. Every specimen you get from now on is doubly interesting and valuable. Mount them for yourself and your friends. Learn quickly in spare time to Restore and Recreate birds and animals no they appear actually ALIVE.

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Mounted Animals Mimic Humans (Feb, 1934)

Mounted Animals Mimic Humans

HUNTERS are using taxidermy more and more to preserve game specimens as mementos of enjoyable hunting trips. Mounted animals are being worked into useful articles for the home, such as table lamps, book ends, gun racks, and ash trays.

Interesting groups picturing animals at some humorous occupation are finding great popularity as store window exhibits as well as for the hunter’s den. Rabbits, squirrels, birds, and even frogs can be mounted and arranged to represent human activities such as shaving, hunting, smoking, or studying.

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Taxidermy is New Field for Home Craftsmen (Nov, 1933)

Not to be nitpicky, but Taxidermy was hardly a new field in 1933.

Taxidermy is New Field for Home Craftsmen

TAXIDERMY, an art fast growing in popularity, is opening a new field of interest to the home workshop fan and revealing a new source of ornamentation for household articles.

The many useful articles that are built by the home craftsman can be ornamented with mounted birds and animals, thus adding new interest and charm to commonplace objects.

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Taxidermist Gives Eternal Life To Birds (Feb, 1936)

There is something very disturbing about a person who kills and stuffs thousands of animals while proclaiming that he is granting them “Eternal Life”. It sort of reminds me of a fanatically religious serial killer who thinks he’s actually helping his victims when he kills them.

Taxidermist Gives Eternal Life To Birds

ARMED only with a forked stick, a hunter walked warily through the squat bushes of the San Fernando valley in Southern California the other day. Suddenly he froze in his tracks, warned by a series of rattles that hidden danger lay waiting.

He advanced slowly, saw a Pacific rattle snake lying coiled and ready to strike. With the skill acquired from many such hunts, he pressed the stick down over the snake’s neck, stuffed the reptile into a box, and hastened back to his Hollywood studio.

There John Schleisser, famed naturalist-taxidermist—for it was he who captured the deadly reptile—chloroformed the rattler. A few minutes later he could be seen taking exact measurements by making a plaster cast of the body. Then he skinned the rattler, made a mannikin of papier mache duplicating the late deceased, and a few days later fitted the skin, perfectly tanned, back over the artificial body.

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World’s Largest Gorilla Preserved by New Art of Sculpturdermy (Jan, 1938)

I love how these people kill an animal and then talk about how they have “brought it to life”. Check out the last page in this pictorial. It is really bizarre.

World’s Largest Gorilla Preserved by New Art of Sculpturdermy

In the Remarkable Series of Pictures Reproduced on these Pages, You See How Sculpture and Taxidermy Were Combined To Re-Create a Rare Animal Specimen

AMAZINGLY lifelike, the mounted body of the world’s largest gorilla, a 500-pound giant, is being put on exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences, in Philadelphia, Pa. The enormous brute, together with its mate and baby, were bagged by a recent West African expedition led by George Vanderbilt, New York sportsman and explorer. The delicate work of mounting the gorillas was accomplished at the Jonas Brothers Studios, in Mt. Vernon, N. Y. On these four pages, you find pictured the successive steps, combining sculpture and taxidermy, which “brought to life” the jungle family. As an initial step, the experts assembled the bones of the skeleton by means of wires and steel rods.

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Learn at Home to Mount Birds – Animals – Game Heads – Fish (Nov, 1933)

This is a wonderful ad. You see, hunting is not about quantity, it’s about quality. Quality mounting that is. And this guy Jack, well it’s nothing but quality for him. Just look at his beautiful living room. Is that a leopard on his mantle? You bet it it is! A baby leopard at that! And, is that rabbit actually firing a rifle? That Jack, what a kidder! On the other side of the mantle, what is that? A meerkat? Lemur? Guessing is all part of the fun with taxidermy!

Don’t forget to make your very own squirrel lighter. Nothing says pleasure like lighting your pipe with a dead rodent!

Fred’s Workshop Now Brings New Pleasure and Profit. He Learned Taxidermy – You Can also – Send this Coupon for free book

Learn at Home to Mount Birds – Animals – Game Heads – Fish

Learn to TAN FURS AND MAKE LEATHER
We teach you easily, quickly,
RIGHT IN YOUR OWN HOME.

Sportsmen, save your valuable trophies. Decorate home and den. Learn in your spare time. Highly fascinating. You can positively learn the grand art of taxidermy From experts. Old reliable school — 200,000 graduates. By all means investigate! Success guaranteed.

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Dead Horse “Lives” in Marvel of Taxidermy (Dec, 1932)

Check out the image on the second page and see if you can determine which is the live horse and which is stuffed.

Dead Horse “Lives” in Marvel of Taxidermy

Great Australian Racer, Exhibited in Rare Mounting, Looks Ready for One More Contest

CROWDS packing the grandstands at Belmont Park, famous Long Island racetrack, received their biggest thrill recently from a horse not entered in the races—a horse that had died six months before!

Phar Lap, legendary wonder horse of Australia, rode by on a motor truck, neck arched, alert ears slanted forward, chestnut coat a silken sheen. Every muscle, every vein, every ripple of the skin was there. The magnificent animal had been “brought to life” by one of the most amazing pieces of scientific taxidermy on record.

After appearing at American tracks, where he had been expected to run this year, Phar Lap is going home. In Australia, the famous horse will be placed on permanent exhibition.

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