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The forgotten treasure of the scientific glass artists Leopold Blaschka (1822-1895) and son Rudolf Blaschka (1857-1939)

The 19th Century is the age of the biology. Three-dimensional models are indispensable for demonstration and mediation of biological research results, particularly in times of outstanding zoological discoveries. But there is the question about the adequate material for building these models, especially when it comes to species which are as fragile as jellyfishes, sea anemones, polyps or even tiny protozoa which are only visible under a microscope. All material used so far, like wood, wax or plaster, is unsuitable for such kind of delicate species.

We are writing the year 1863. Leopold Blaschka decides to use a complicated, sensitive and brittle material to work with: GLASS. It is the beginning of a huge success.

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