|Taxidermy in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, circa 1900|
|Santens Displaying Orangutan Scene|
Remi H. Santens was the chief preparator at the taxidermic laboratory of the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh
|Remi H. Santens & His Taxidermy Donkey, 1903|
|"Model Ready for the Skin by Remi H. Santens." 1903|
"Through luck and circumstance, the Museum of Natural History created its first taxidermy collections with the help of some early masters of the craft. Rogers, who has traced the history of American taxidermy, points to three masters—Frederic Webster and Remi and Joseph Santens—who set world-class artistic standards at the museum at the turn of the 20th century." -Steve RogersAn interesting 1915 report by Santens on taxidermy and museums display can be read online by clicking HERE.
|Nurse Farcie King Kills Patrolman Robert Evans & Shoots Herself, Photo-Composite & Clippings, 1928|
A farewell to the world and lover’s note written in her own hand, on November 28, 1928, meant farewell to freedom for Farice King. The notes were damning evidence at the nurse’s trial for the murder of her ex-sweetheart. Farice murdered Denver patrolman Robert Evans, née John C. Bobzine, who had “jilted” her. The narrative photo-composite shows how events played out. (Miss King and the gun have been drawn in by an artist and glued on to the crime scene.) Miss King lay down in a bed after she killed Evans and shot herself in the left breast. She then threw the gun on the floor. King’s wound did not prove fatal. She was convicted of murder in February 1929 and sentenced to life in prison at Colorado’s Canon City penitentiary. She was also evaluated at the Colorado Psychiatric Hospital. Her case became a cause célèbre for the public, and thousands petitioned the governor to grant her clemency. That she tried to kill herself seemed, to the public, punishment enough. The petitions were successful. She was released from prison in the early 1930s and in 1933 married Earle C. McBurney. In February 1934, Governor Edward C. Johnson signed an unconditional pardon from her life sentence. Evans left a widow and a son by a prior marriage who was 18 years old at the time of Evans’ murder, and whom he had not seen since he was an infant, facts that caused a sympathetic public to rally behind King.
|Lovers' Timeless Theme- Murder/Suicide, Crime Scene Photographs, 1942|
Murder/suicide in the name of love is a timeless theme throughout history. Here a man clutches the pistol used to shoot his lover and then himself. Both are fully dressed; she lies sprawled over his body. The dinner table is set for two.
These Stories & More Can Be Found in
Deadly Intent: Crime and Punishment, Photographs From the Burns Archive