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Leon Walters - Field Museum

Discussion in 'Taxidermy History' started by PA, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. PA

    PA Well-Known Member

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    Leon Walters was one of the pioneers in developing methods of having paint internal in the taxidermy recreation versus simply applied on the surface of the cast. He used this in "taxidermy" of sparsely haired mammals and also in bird like cassowaries. He was one of the 'thinkers' or dreamers of taxidermy past.

    His pioneering publication on New Uses of Celluloid and similar material can be seen here.
    https://archive.org/stream/newusesofcellulo02walte#page/n9/mode/2up

    I recently found a video of him casting a small hippo, also available on Archive Stream, posted this past June at https://archive.org/details/TaxidermyHippo24fps
    The color patches he was referring to are the Munsell color syetem that museums often use for quantifying colors using value chroma and hue.

    A number of images have been posted by the Field Museum over the years of Leon working on various items - and adult hippo, Bushman the gorilla, etc. If these links work here are some neat images..


    http://fieldmuseumphotoarchives.tumblr.com/image/101783595621

    http://fieldmuseumphotoarchives.tumblr.com/image/53275990323

    http://fieldmuseumphotoarchives.tumblr.com/post/52706650763/taxidermy-tuesday-the-big-reveal-of-last-weeks

    http://fieldmuseumphotoarchives.tumblr.com/post/50990007147/taxidermy-tuesday-bushmans-hand-here-is-leon
     
  2. Allie

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    Wow, those photos and film are really cool. Thanks!
     

  3. 3bears

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    That video is great and when I get a chance I will read that article. I skimmed through it but want to read it when I have more time. Thanks.
     
  4. PA

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    I am still struggling with posting pictures from other sites - which I tried to do above, but ended up with links. I will try this image of an alligator that Walters did. I saw some of his alligators back in 1990 when the SPNHC association meeting was in Chicago.
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  5. PA

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    I just found a new link that shows virtually every step in the process of mounting Bushman. Boy I wish we had an archivist and the collection of images that the Field Museum has...

    http://collections-zoology.fieldmuseum.org/catalogue/2571678
     
  6. 3bears

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    That pictorial was inspiring PA thank you, the work they did was amazing. No "Snap together taxidermy" going on there but, then again we wouldn't ever make a dime if we had to do things that way.
     
  7. https://books.google.ru/books?id=cJT7OMAOOXQC&pg=PA117&lpg=PA117#v=onepage&q&f=false
    "Mysteriously, his skeleton disappeared, never to reappear."
    It remains trapped inside the clay body form.