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08-18-2007, 12:40 AM
I post this as an example of product literature from a bygone era.

In a Bay Area bookshop last week I bought a 1953 industrial catalogue of "Research & Student Apparatus," from an English company, Palmer (LONDON) Ltd. It was the illustrations which made me decide to shell out the $10 price. I've always been fascinated by the process of shading in pen and ink, and whoever did the drawings for Palmer was a master of the art.

There are jpeg artifacts in these photo copies, but the originals in the catalogue are perfect. The address of the firm was

C.F. Palmer (London), Ltd.
Myographic Works, 63a Effra Road
Brixton, London, S.W. 2




08-18-2007, 12:44 AM
Hmm, you may have found a book loaded with torture devices for rats. It could be they practiced on rats before advancing to human torture devices. I guess it's a training manual of sorts.

08-18-2007, 01:09 AM
Hmm, you may have found a book loaded with torture devices for rats.

From the hundreds of illustrations, I confess I choose the rat table for it's perceived amusement value. I now think it's not so funny -- animal experimentation is a sensitive subject which I should not have stirred up.

The catalogue has anesthesiology equipment too. But lab apparatus like this is really out of my experience.

My train of thought was: I wonder if the illustrator might have drawn some nice steam engines, elsewhere?

08-18-2007, 02:08 AM
And here I thought this was going to be a picture of a conveyor belt with a rat on it, a picture of a broom behind it, and a picture of a hole in a foundation in front of it. Some kind of generator and a few leds- instead it's a rat sized hospital bed. Oh well. :)

08-18-2007, 08:27 AM
I, for one, am rather glad neophite medics practice on animals rather than people. I have a much greater affinity for the welfare of humans. Rats. Not so much.