Green Iguana – Collected from Central America

The green iguana, also known as the common iguana, is among the largest lizards in the Americas. Although native to the rainforests of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean Islands, and South America, the green iguana has become one of the most popular reptile pets in the US. However, since they are difficult to care for… Continue reading

Wall Telephone – Chicago, 1901

In the late 1890s, Kellogg Switchboard & Supply Company started selling this standard series wall model telephone. It features a mouthpiece, separate ear receiver, hookswitch, hand crank, and bells. A high quality instrument at the time, it was easily integrated into the home with its stylish oak cabinet. Over the past 100 years technology has… Continue reading

Malaysian Petrified Wood Collected from Arizona

Petrified wood is a fossil that is formed when the original internal plant material is replaced by minerals. The minerals crystallize within the cellular structure of the log or tree over centuries. Some specimens of petrified wood have been so accurately preserved to still resemble wood that people do not realize they are fossils until… Continue reading

Green Abalone Shell – Collected from California

This shell comes from a species of large sea snail, the green abalone. The outer brown shell layer has been removed to reveal the beautiful mother-of-pearl underneath. Did you know that the green abalone can live up to 30 years or more? They live in shallow water under rocks, in rock crevices, and other hidden… Continue reading

Collections – Yoda Hand Puppet | Ohio, 1980

Made by Kenner as part of their Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back collection, the Yoda hand puppet (complete with white hair) had a good likeness to the legendary teacher of the Jedi Knights. Just like the puppet from the film, all this hand puppet needed was a helping hand and some imagination to bring… Continue reading