Tag Archives: Miniatures

1250 BC: The Gurob Ship-Cart

This wooden model of a ship on a wheeled cart was found in Gurob, Egypt in 1920—and dates from the thirteenth or twelfth century BC. Although carts like this were used simply to transport ships from one place to another, … Continue reading

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2018: New City

Rim Lee: New City (2018); from a series.

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2002: Trickland

Michaël Borremans: Trickland (2002)

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1904: Buy Your Chair Under a Chair

Founded in the 1850’s by Swiss immigrants from Cincinnati, Tell City, Indiana was originally a planned community in which land was distributed by lottery and everyone was guaranteed a job. One of the first businesses in the town was the … Continue reading

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1939: Typewriter

This giant Underwood typewriter was on display in the Business Systems and Insurance Building at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. It weighed 14 tons and worked—letters could be typed on stationery measuring 9 by 12 feet.

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1989: Walking House

Laurie Simmons: Walking House (1989)

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1898: The Moon

This model of the moon—made of 116 sections of plaster on a framework of wood and metal—was prepared by Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt for the Field Columbian Museum in Chicago;  the museum was located on the grounds of the World’s … Continue reading

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1974: Junker

Mark Jay Hook: Scale model of a 1974 Plymouth (2017) (source)

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2003: River Keeper

Kim Keever: River Keeper (2003); “Kim Keever’s large-scale photographs are created by meticulously constructing miniature topographies in a 200-gallon tank, which is then filled with water. These dioramas of fictitious environments are brought to life with colored lights and the … Continue reading

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1945: Hiroshima

Model of the atomic bomb impact on Hiroshima at the Peace Memorial Museum there.

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