Large Silver Moon

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I never made it to Sophia Bush’s house for tea when she lived in Chicago, but check out our large silver moon—it looks so great in the kitchen. We have since made various formats of the moon and currently we have a great 35” x 35” that works well in most homes vs this 67” x 70” version that we made in limited quantity. Check out our prints section to see the evolution.

New Cyanotype Series

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The new cyanotype size is perfect for arranging a nice grouping of images. The selection ranges from celestial prints, plants, and sea creatures among others.

Each sheet of Arches French made 100% cotton watercolor paper is hand coated with a light sensitive solution and dried in a dark room. The paper is then exposed with a film negative under UV light . Then the print is washed with fresh water— during this process the solution chemically changes to a deep blue. The print is then dried in heavy paper stacks to wick away the water.

Since each piece of paper is hand cut sizes vary slightly but roughly 12” x 12”. The last image shows other pieces available on site.

Vajen Bader Smoke Helmet C. 1900

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The Vajen Bader is a desirable mask in any collection. An inspiring mask that transcends its original use as a fire safety helmet. The leather protective mask is lined in a protective wool layer along with mica lenses used as eye and ear shields— one would enter a burning building with this. The innovation was the air tank that provided a life line of  compressed air for a short time. This helmet has had real field use more than once (many notable areas on the mask). The leather is well worn and delicate in areas. There is noticeable soot on the wool liner that is present only in the bottom section as most has come off. The tank and helmet are an original pair and comes engraved with the owners name on the air tank. The tank is the rare larger model as some of these are half the size . Piece dates from 1900 and comes on a custom stand that supports the weight of the tank.

Despite the wear on this piece it has true working character which I have not seen.

Posted on October 17, 2019 .

NASA PRODUCED ATLANTIS SPACE SHUTTLE MODEL

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A very important and rare NASA produced model. Three models were made with a white central booster tank and given to three major news networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS ) for display during shuttle launch programs. Three additional, with orange booster tanks were retained by NASA for internal use. This is only one of of two in private hands. Acquired by an engineer in spring of 1997 in auction it remained in his personal collection until his passing. Auction catalog provenance listing of model is provided. In great overall condition. A few nicks and chips are noted in photos but not distracting. Booster cones have chipping on the back of rocket—the non display side. Very large scale 1/48 measuring 20” x 50” x 10” and mounted on a heavy oak base with engraved placard.

Posted on October 12, 2019 .

Dr. Willem J. Kolff Artificial Heart Prototype

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 at the museum of science and industry moon room

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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

Moon Room info link

Agent Gallery Catalog 2008-2018 (10 Years)

No parties, no newsletters--just this. For Agent Gallery I made a 10 year catalog that will most likely be part of a multi-book collection. This issue is 100 pages and focuses mostly on medical devices that I particularity like. I can't believe that 10 years have passed (although I can feel it) but am happy to have made it this far. Thanks to all that have supported the shop. I really appreciate it.

No parties, no newsletters--just this. For Agent Gallery I made a 10 year catalog that will most likely be part of a multi-book collection. This issue is 100 pages and focuses mostly on medical devices that I particularity like. I can't believe that 10 years have passed (although I can feel it) but am happy to have made it this far. Thanks to all that have supported the shop. I really appreciate it.

Posted on July 12, 2018 .

Last look at Vajen Bader Smoke Aparatus

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.

Posted on March 25, 2018 .

Iconic AP Eddie Adams Photo recently acquired

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

 

 

 

 

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 .