Daily Globe Writes about Museum's Mr. Wizard




Date: July 6, 1890


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


  • Hindley, J. W
  • United States National Museum


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  • Mr. Wizard is later determined to be J. W. Hindley, an exhibit preparation specialist.
  • St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat, July 6, 1890, p. 26, columns 1 & 2

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July 6, 1890


  • Taxidermy
  • Preservation of materials
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Museum techniques
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Museum exhibits

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