Scientific PEEP SHOW TELLS HOW OUR BODIES WORK (Feb, 1938)

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Scientific PEEP SHOW TELLS HOW OUR BODIES WORK

ILLUSTRATING with working models the many operations of the human body, a novel exhibition recently opened at the New York Museum of Science and Industry resembles the side show of a modern amusement park. By pressing buttons, turning cranks, and pulling levers, visitors can test their strength, their lungs, and their voices and see for themselves how blood circulates, how their muscles work, and a host of other interesting details. Controlled by a maze of motors, the exhibits provide a fascinating introduction to the mysteries of human anatomy and physiology.

Bending over a curious smell machine, the visitor can produce burnt, fruity, or putrid odors at the mere touch of a lever. Striking a note on a piano keyboard lights a series of bulbs to show the range of the human voice. Pressing buttons that protrude from various parts of a plaster torso results in the illumination of charts showing what might be the cause of pain in any specific part of the body, while twirling the dials on another exhibit shows the visitor how much longer he may reasonably expect to live. Other push-button exhibits are supplemented by wall charts, graphs, and anatomical displays that provide the museum visitor with a scientific peep show on the structure and operation of the human body.

2 comments
  1. Stannous says: December 26, 20075:10 pm

    I’d never heard of this museum before and I used to live in NY and my mom grew up there and took us there all the time. It may be the world’s cheapest science museum: 25¢ !!

    Here’s a review:

    The NEW YORK MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY. This will fascinate you if you have not seen the establishments devoted to the same sort of display at either Philadelphia or Chicago. If you have, I am afraid you will be a little disappointed. At least, I was. But even with this warning, and even though you may have seen its rivals elsewhere, you will find this one well worth the quarter it costs, and if you haven’t seen its rivals in other cities, you will find it a knockout! It is located in the basement of the R.C.A. Building of Rockefeller Center, Sixth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets. Any Fifth Avenue bus to 50th Street, or any Sixth Avenue bus to 50th Street, or the No. M-3 bus crosstown on 49th and 50th Streets are convenient. So is the West Side Subway (I.R.T.) if you

  2. SheWalksSoftly says: October 12, 20088:52 pm

    I know this is an old post, but I just stumbled across it (I read this blog regularly now and LOVE it). I just sent people here from my own blog!

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