Sunday, February 22, 2009

One Of A Kind

There was an article about unusual museums in the Travel section of today's Post-Dispatch. Some of them were quite interesting:
  • The Devil's Rope Museum in McLean Texas, which has more than 1,000 varieties of barbed wire.

  • The Jell-O Museum in Le Roy, New York, that's all about the wiggly dessert.

  • Leila's Hair Museum in Independence, Missouri, where you can see locks of hair woven into intricate wreaths and displayed in frames.

    However, much as I would enjoy visiting these places, I don't have the time or resources right now. One of the museums, though, could be seen from the comfort of my computer chair. Today I visited an online-only museum.

    The Flashlight Museum includes the history and photos of flashlights dating to 1899. Stuart Schneider, the "curator", is quite the Renaissance man; the tagline for his Website is Unusual Museums of the Internet. You can find information on fluorescent minerals, cemetery ghosts, a Halloween museum, a Halley's Comet Museum, a Space Memorabilia museum and more. He's written several books and even manages to be a lawyer in his free time!

    However, I came to see the flashlights, so I clicked through to the Flashlight Museum. It was very interesting, containing galleries of antique flashlights and a very detailed history of flashlights and their uses. The information was arranged by category on several pages.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my "trip" to the museum today. There were no guards giving me dirty looks for getting too close to the exhibits. I could spend as much time as I wanted reading the labels and not have to worry about getting in someone else's way, and the "tall guy" that always seems to block my view of things wasn't there.


  1. Well, when I go to a museum I always pretend that I'm the only person there and I scurry in front of people, read everything, etc. I don't get too close to things because I'm scared of sneezing on art or something...

    But I wouldn't be doing my job as a representative of the Bata Shoe Museum [another unusual museum, I think] if I didn't let you know that parts of their collection are available online. Here you go: