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Walter Potter, taxidermist
  • raging+drunk+ladraging drunk lad June 2005
    Posts: 6,459
    http://www.acaseofcuriosities.com/potter.html

    Walter Potter was an English taxidermist of the 1800s whose claim to fame was posing his mounted animals into strange situations, such as the "Kitten Wedding" where 18 dead cats were turned into a bride, a groom and a wedding party.

    These pieces auction for as much as
  • The+Auth0rThe Auth0r June 2005
    Posts: 2,212
    I'm just picturing how many bones had to be broken to make these poses.

    And cringing at the imagined noise. I don't know, hurt a person I can do no problem; hurt an animal, not so good at.
  • Downside-upDownside-up June 2005
    Posts: 1,492
    Monkey Riding Goat. No more needs to be said.
  • starfalconstarfalcon June 2005
    Posts: 1,376
    I find this horrendous. If I did this with people I would be deemed a deranged sicko. And the dead people would be far more interesting. This stuff is just grotesque.
  • ElsewiseElsewise June 2005
    Posts: 740
    It's a bit sad. I can imagine him in his wee room, skinning and stuffing and applying glass eyes with such a fervent look on his face. He must have really cared.
  • BlawBlaw June 2005
    Posts: 114
    I mean, even if an audience did chortle with glee at the sight I would imagine there would be an undertone of "My God, how was that done?!"..
    I don't think anyone can wholeheartedly love this stuff if they realize the excruciating process it takes. Hell, even if they can hazard a guess.

    It just strikes me as a bleak profession with a bleak reward.
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