110 Years Ago, These Microscopic Photos Horrified Londoners

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In 1904, the micrographs Arthur E. Smith, were exhibited at the Royal Society's Annual Conversazione in London, are showing many viewers the world under a microscope for the first time. And some reacted to these giant images of insects, plants, and human body parts with not just wonder, but revulsion as well.

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A diatom from Bori, Hungary

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Tiny marine species with skeleton composed of silica (Polycystina) from Barbados

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Radula (a toothed ribbon used for cutting food by molluscs) of a sea snail

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Section of a sea urchin

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The sucking tube on the tongue of a blow-fly

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Tongue of a butterfly

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Foot of the great diving battle (Dytiscus marginalis)

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Larva of antlion

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Head of crane fly, also known as the Johnny Spinner

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Triceratium favus

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Section of a Lily bud

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Transverse section of human scalp

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Vertical section of a human tooth

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Sheep tick

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Mideopsis orbicularis, a water mite

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The skin of a sole

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The camera gear and the microscope used for the photo-micrographs above

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All images are from the Internet Archive.

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"What immortal hand or eye / framed thy fearful symmetry?"