Dentiscope Surgical Lamp by Pittsburgh Electric Specialties Co.

Very rare Dentiscope surgical lamp by Pittsburgh Electric Specialties Co. This was the first electrified medical lamp to replace gas lamps. Probably only the fancy dental offices in 1915 had them since it cost a half years salary acquire. We're in process of mounting this on a stand. More pictures to follow.

Crash Test Manikin Head

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I was out hunting for these and I found a few great pieces. The fella that I got these from said he had a mad dash to get a few final pieces from a factory that produced these manikins. He assured me that what he got was usable and the rest was 'trash'--I dunno I hope he was right. I managed to get a robotic leg (sold it in about 30 minutes) and a head. I am surprised that I still have that. I guess if you knew how hard it is to score a crash test dummy you would probably buy this head.

Posted on May 24, 2017 .

Dental Phantoms Currently Listed in 'Objects' Section

It gets harder to find the older phantoms --anything pre 1950's. I can find the new ones all day long and I have several good leads to get a bunch but I have waited it out. The long cheek plate one is a nice old manikin. Along with this I was fortunate enough to find a good set of very old articulating aluminum clamps. These are all listed on the site in our objects section.

New Additions

We have steadily added a very nice selection of unique and original cyanotypes that I have not gotten a change to promote them. Eventually it will be its own category due to the amount of these pieces. Currently you can see them all in our 'Wall Pieces' section. Here is just one of my favorites.

Posted on May 23, 2017 .

Looking back part 1

I gotta say that I am pretty tired. Looking back I have shot thousands of things. The process goes: Find the thing, load the thing, unload, clean, style, shoot, edit, write copy, post, sell, package and ship. You feel me?  Did you get tired of reading that? Now you know how I feel. I figured I should post these picture that were a labor of love to shoot and capture the 'thing'--you know to continue to learn and make a record of it. Everything shot is just me and sometimes one assistant.

Posted on June 13, 2015 .

The thirties future

Posted on March 26, 2015 .

Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart

Dr. Robert Jarvik invented the first artificial heart in 1982. I really like the story of Jarvik. It is the story of persistence and accomplishment--after having been rejected numerous times out of medical school he finally made it in University of Utah and developed this heart! This early model was hooked up to a large battery pack the size of a refrigerator and made a constant clicking sound. Barney Clark a 61 year old dentist was the first to get one of these and survived 112 days on it. It is a fascinating and pioneering piece of medical history. Piece came from a cardiologist personal collection and is a working model used to study the Jarvik-7 before implants and also to show candidates how it works. Has 'not for implant' securely built in the model chambers so as not to accidentally end up in someone. You can visit one in the Smithsonian or have one in your private collection.

Posted on January 7, 2015 .