Martha Maxwell, Taxidermist (1876)

Above: Martha Maxwell and her Colorado diorama at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition (1876)

Mary Dartt (1842-1940)

Martha Maxwell (1831-1881) was a pioneering American naturalist and taxidermist. Her diorama of Colorado wildlife created quite a stir at the 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition. I read an excerpt from a book about Maxwell’s life, titled On the Plains and Among the Peaks, or How Mrs. Maxwell Made Her Natural History Collection, penned by her sister, Mary Dartt, for the 73rd volume of the LibriVox Short Nonfiction Collection.

Listen to my recording here.
Read the book on-line here.

Stereograph of natural history display

Stereograph Of Rock Mountain Display at Philadelphia Exhibition (1876)

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