Even Victorian microscope slides were beautifully ornate

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We have a fascination with Victorian and Edwardian era scientific equipment, and these microscope slides are a perfect example of why. Each slide is housed in a gorgeous paper cover, framing the sample inside.

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Victorian Microscope Slides has an amazing collection of microscope slides and samples from 1830-1900. That's when commercial manufacture began, thanks to a few entrepreneurial souls. The paper covers were originally a practical concern, a way to fasten the mica over the sample to the slide. But even after other methods of mounting became available, the paper covers remained as a means of self-expression.

It's easy to get lost in the Victorian slide site; in addition to slides from individual mounters, the site has slides featuring old botany samples, crystals, fossils, insects, as well as a few more unusual samples like lion whiskers, radium, and decomposed glass from Pompeii.

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Victorian Microscope Slides [via Nerdcore]

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The Father of Modern Laziness

Humans are so silly. We really do love to make things pretty. Thousands of years from now, after we've left the solar system or died out from the latest super plague, an alien species will land on the lifeless rock and begin excavating our ruins. We will get a foot note in the galactic archaeological encyclopedia. It will read. "from all appearances the human race was a terrible, warlike race, they spent more time subjugating their brothers and sisters than any other species in the galaxy, but damned if they didn't make some beautiful shit."