Any of you oldtimers..

Submitted by tomdes on 2/26/05 at 12:36 PM. ( )

ever here of Edward F Baummer from Naugatuck,CT. He was, I guess a well known taxidermist that started in the 1940's. He's been in many magazines and newspapers for his work. I couldn't find anything in google about him, just curious..

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I guess

This response submitted by Alex on 2/26/05 at 12:46 PM. ( )

He wasn't famous enough to make it in any search engine.

I don't remember him but I started in 1962.


This response submitted by George on 2/26/05 at 3:15 PM. ( )

Sad truth of the matter is that during that era, there were many local "famous" taxidermists. I say local, because the industry was basically a "closed shop". Unless this guy worked for a museum of some importance, it's not very likely anyone outside that community would have know him.


This response submitted by J J on 2/26/05 at 6:36 PM. ( )

I just checked the 1941-42 Modern Taxidermist Trade Directory and it listed only six names in Connecticut but Ed Baummer was not one of them.

I found him...

This response submitted by JJ on 2/26/05 at 7:56 PM. ( )

Mr.Ed Baummer lived at 48-Phoenix Ave.,Naugatuck,Ct. 06770
He was listed in the 1967 Modern Taxidermist Directory. Hopefuly this can help you track him down further.

Thanks JJ

This response submitted by tomdes on 2/26/05 at 11:16 PM. ( )

Just wanted to see if he was someone anyone knew, I guess he just recently passed away and they're selling his estate which includes a lot of his taxidermy work..

His Estate sale

This response submitted by Richard C on 2/26/05 at 11:38 PM. ( )

Was about a month ago. He did pass away a long time ago ,as Kevin .C bought a lot of his supplies and tools .

Another Oldtimer

This response submitted by Bob on 2/28/05 at 7:38 PM. ( )

Ever hear of A.B.Farnhan? Ihave abook of his thatwas copyright 1944He had to be around forty years old then.Boy i know if taxidermy was the same as it was then iknow i would have not got interested in it again.

That's Farnham...

This response submitted by J J on 3/1/05 at 8:04 AM. ( )

...Albert B. Farnham. The book was called 'Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit'. One of about a dozen in a series of pleasure and profit titles,published by the A.R.Harding Publishing Co. in Columbus,Ohio back in 1916 (according to my copy). This book of a by gone era is a glimpse into the days of when taxidermy was just starting to crack out of its shell into the respected world of art. The edition you have Bob is just a reprint of the first edition which only proves even little books like this had their place in getting us motivated back then. Although times and technique have certainly changed over the centurys,one thing that author A.B.Farnham wrote remains a constant even to this day that is on page 16 of his introduction and I quote; "Thoroughness,patience,and some love for nature,are qualities highly desirable in this art. Work prepared by one possesing these qualities need not be ashamed and practice will bring skill and perfection of technic." This book can still be purchased today from Fur,Fish and Game magazine in Columbus,Ohio. I espeacilly enjoy seeing the published prices of work back then. A lifesize deer,complete with habitat went for $30.00 to $75.00! Moose heads were a whopping $20.00 to $40.00 any style. Eagles and turkeys both carried the same price tag,$10.00 to $15.00 but spread wings were 25% extra. Hope this helped understand our world a little more.

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