Dr. Willem J. Kolff, a resourceful Dutch physician who invented the first artificial kidney in a rural hospital during World War II, using sausage casings and even orange juice cans, and went on to build the first artificial heart. His artificial heart — though it carried the name of a colleague, Dr. Robert Jarvik — is still in use, in subsequent designs, as a bridge to transplantation in patients with heart failure. He moved to the University of Utah in 1967 to lead the division of artificial organs, which is where his team of 175 physicians, surgeons, engineers, chemists and other specialists built a succession of mechanical hearts . This is one such prototype from the 1960’s that was developed in his lab.
Agent Gallery featured in Journal of Antiques and collectibles print issue May 2019 Medical Art: A spectacle on Display. Many great medical articles in this issue—including civil war medical tools.
Honoring the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 8 mission, which
marked our first trip around the Moon. The Museum of Science and
Industry has created a1960s-inspired living room, bringing guests to
the moment of the Apollo 8 takeoff as Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and
Bill Anders made history.
I am very happy to have been asked to provide the moons that are
throughout the space and also curate a selection of moon work for the
pop up gift shop in the exhibit. Here are some great shots before the
opening by J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.
Special thanks to: Scout Design, Nick Zahn Framing, Anne Rashford, and the Museum of Science and Industry
More photos to come.
Moon Room 1968
December 6 – January 6
The Vajen Bader breathing apparatus is off to a private collection. We had it at Agent Gallery for a few days. Here’s a last look of the construction and design. Mica membranes in the eyes and ears for protection . Interesting to hear and see through a mineral—this piece was ahead of its time.
Studio working shots prototyping the perpetual heart device.
Our Dentiscope has been put on a vintage scissor bracket and articulating pole. The shade has some wear to it but as you can see it still looks great. Check out more details in the listing.
There are a handful of images that become so powerful that they become part of our historical timeline. This photo was taken by Eddie Adams in Saigon:
'The General killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them; but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. What the photograph didn’t say was, “What would you do if you were the General at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American soldiers? ' Eddie Adams
We have listed this before but this time this one is available for sale. I have one over my dining table. Makes a great functioning piece of art. Currently it is in our print area looking good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just got this 1911 Skin Clinic in with the most complete set of cards to date. Check it out on our new arrivals for more info and pictures.
Agent Gallery book years 2008/2016 documents object and design. This deluxe photo book is a record of the strange and interesting items cataloged and featured on agent gallery through the years. From industrial to medical design and all strange in between this book is the first major survey of Agent Gallery's eye.
Somehow I missed it last year but it was very nice to be noticed for our eclectic mix.