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1930s industry: A world in miniature

In the 1930s the Commercial Museum and the American ceramics company Lenox made a series of miniature dioramas to illustrate the process of making the company’s popular wares, step by step.  The Temple Anthropology Lab acquired 6 of the 8 … Continue reading

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Exposition Ephemera: Models from South India

Painting Story of the Floating Desert: Contemporary Indian Miniatures from Jhalavad, India is currently on exhibit at CHAT (The Center for Humanities located on the 10th Floor of Gladfelter Hall).  Also on display as a complement to this show are a … Continue reading

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Photographic detail

Amongst the material that came to the Temple Anthropology Lab from the now defunct Commercial Museum, is the vase above, from Japan.  This vase also appears, rather faintly, in the upper right hand corner of a Commercial Museum exhibit photograph … Continue reading

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Eitokusai’s dolls in Japan

These dolls or models, part of the lab’s Commercial Museum collection, were made by a well known Japanese craftsman, Eitokusai, during the first quarter of the 2oth century. Model I, shown here, represents two women harvesting tea leaves and is … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Commercial Museum

The Philadelphia Commercial Museum, also known as the Civic Center Museum, existed for nearly a century.  Opening its doors in 1897, this one time Philadelphia landmark exhibited objects and materials of commerce, most notably artifacts from the World’s Fairs. The … Continue reading

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