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Work and Storage Room in A&I Building, by Unknown, c. 1880s, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 2002-10614.

July 6, 1890

The St. Louis Daily Globe Democratpublishes an article on "The Wizard of the National Museum," describing the exhibits staff who work behind-the-scenes to make museum exhibits.  The article describes their workshop and marvels at their ability to make life-like imitations of almost anything, from humans to plants, animals and minerals with secret formulas and papier mâché casts.More

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