Photostory #162R: Realistic Reptile Replicas

Gar Lunney
National Film Board of Canada
Release Date
June 17, 1958
CMCP fonds
Credit Line
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Main Text
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.