Trundle Manor is a private wunderkammer in Swissvale, Pennsylvania that was recently opened to the public. It's the home of collector Anton Miriello and, as such, you must make an appointment to visit. Over at Odd Things I've Seen, JW Ocker reports from his tour:
We met our hosts just as evening was falling. They were both in their twenties, but sported outfits that were decades to a century too old for them. He had a handlebar moustache and a waistcoat. She wore leopard print heels at one end and a choker at the other. Both seemed equally excited about showing us the bits of dead animals that they had strewn about their home...
The collection is pretty far-ranging, but definite themes, or sub-collections, are instantly recognizable. One of the first we noticed was the taxidermy. And that’s because they have a stuffed black bear in a top hat on their dining room table large enough to make eating off said table awkward. Or at least difficult. Although relating the boring events of your workday to each other is probably a lot more fun through a bear’s crotch.
While he was showing us around his collection, Mr. ARM let out a "Whoa. Cool!” at one point at the sight of a simple taxidermied squirrel set nearby. Thinking that was supposed to be my line, I said as much. He responded. “This wasn’t here when I left this morning.” His girlfriend then informed him that a six-year-old neighbor had brought it to them earlier that day.
From the late 1800s to the early 1940s, many Americans celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as “ragamuffins” in masked costumes and then thronged the streets, basically trick-or-treating for money and gifts.
The Teddytaur is an actual, $400 product, made from alpaca-wool, sold by high-end toymaker Steiff in its Japanese store. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
It’s real and it does exactly what it says it will: send Dumb Cuneiform a tweet or an SMS message and they’ll transliterate it into ancient Persian cuneiform, stamp it into a clay tablet and mail it to you. $20. It’s Snow-Crash-a-riffic.
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