Photostory #162R: Realistic Reptile Replicas
National Film Board of Canada
June 17, 1958
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
A young Toronto technician has developed a revolutionary new method of constructing reptile exhibits for museum displays which has many advantages over the old-fashioned skin-stuffing of the taxidermist. Animals are brought live to the museum for extensive photography and observation and then cast in a mold from which an exact rubber replica is later made. The new method not only permits a much more realistic reproduction without any of the subsequent deterioration of the taxidermist's dummies but also has the added advantage that many copies can be made from the original mold.