Can’t Touch This: Voices from the Basement Part 3

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by

This summer we asked our summer interns to team up and create their very own podcast episodes. Over the course of ten weeks they needed to pitch a concept, draft a script, and record and edit their podcasts. We’re going to share those podcasts here with you on the blog over the course of the next few weeks! You can see all of their podcasts by clicking on the intern podcast tag.


Joelle and Amy with "The Master Binder" - it's heavy!

Joelle and Amy with “The Master Binder” – it’s heavy!

This is the third episode created by collections interns Joelle Paull and Amy Swartz to focus on the care and handling of museum collections. In this episode they discuss preparing collections for packing and shipping for traveling exhibits. Missed their first two episodes? You can listen to them here and here.


Beyond Chicken Soup

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage


So. Many. Sections.

So. Many. Sections.


Curatorial Health and Safety from the National Park Service

Hazards in Museum Collections from National Museums Scotland

Archives Conservators Discussion Group 2005: Hazardous Holdings, report from a moderated panel by Linda Blazer and Susan Peckham


"Fritzche Brothers. Essences and Essential Oils. Fine Drugs and Chemcial Preparations. Volatile Oil of Mustard." JMM L2015.18.5

“Fritzche Brothers. Essences and Essential Oils. Fine Drugs and Chemcial Preparations. Volatile Oil of Mustard.” JMM L2015.18.5

The Pharmacy Cabinet in Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.

The Pharmacy Cabinet in Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.


Condition Reports: The Essentials from the Museums & Galleries of NSW

Planning the packing for a touring exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum


Meticulously scraping the glue off the back of exhibit labels before packing them for travel.

Meticulously scraping the glue off the back of exhibit labels before packing them for travel.

 

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Hitting the Road

Posted on July 20th, 2017 by

Blog post by Collections Intern Joelle Paull. To read more posts from JMM interns, past and present, click here.

Who doesn’t love a good road trip? Music, family or friends, scenic views are all part of the quintessential road trip experience. But every good road trip requires planning and packing. So what happens when JMM exhibits travel? This fall, the JMM’s recent exhibit, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, will be traveling to the Maltz Museum in Cleveland. The exhibit, which examines the role of Jews in Medicine and its impact on Jewish culture and practices, features everything from surgical instrument and doctor’s coats to pharmaceutical tools and medicine bottles (many of which are still full of remedies and oils.)

The past week the collections department has been preparing the exhibit for travel. What does this entail? First we find the objects that have been put back on their shelves after the exhibit closed in January. Then, condition report, condition report condition report! Each object gets photographed and condition reported so that we can ensure everything comes back the way it left. Lastly, everything gets packed safely into boxes and then the objects in the exhibit are ready to hit the road. Over the course of the week, I have gotten pretty familiar with the objects in the exhibit, some proving harder to inventory and pack than others. Not having seen the exhibit, it has been fun to have the chance to read the catalogue and explore the objects. Here are some of my favorite and some interesting things that have been packed so far!

What did doctors and pharmacists in the early 20th century use to treat a variety of ailments? Every bottle we pulled off the shelf helped answer that question. The bottles, dark blue or brown glass contain things like lactic acid or a variety of oils. There are also jars and tins full of seeds and powders, like the jar of fennel seeds. Fennel has been used to treat stomach issues and is often used as flavoring in medicines. The jar belonged to Dr. Adolph (Ed) Baer who owned and operated Fisher’s Pharmacy in Hagerstown, Md.

Jar of Fennel Seeds (K2014.003.106)

Jar of Fennel Seeds (K2014.003.106)

The exhibit gives us a glimpse of tools and medicine used over decades, but it also shows us what Doctors and Nurses have worn. One of my favorite items in Beyond Chicken Soup is the nurse’s uniform, completed with the bright blue wool cape. The cape was made by Stein Uniform Co. of Baltimore and is lined with gold wool.

Nurse’s Cape (JMM 2009.092.010)

Nurse’s Cape (JMM 2009.092.010)

Although it looks real, the ring featuring a large molar is made out of plastic. Dental student, Edmund Kahn, around 1904 to propose to his girlfriend, Gertrude Fried. He later gave her a real ring and the pair were married in 1907.

“Tooth” Engagement Ring (1991.035.024)

“Tooth” Engagement Ring (1991.035.024)

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Sinai Hospital: A Treasure Trove of Photos

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by

The trove of photos donated to the JMM by the Baltimore Jewish Times is enormous. For the past several months, archives volunteer extraordinaire Marvin Specter has been scanning the images and making them viewable in our collections database, giving access to the images to researchers everywhere -including the JMM staff.

Marvin recently brought me a large folder of photos of Sinai Hospital—images I had not known about while preparing our Beyond Chicken Soup exhibition. I hope you will enjoy this small selection from the folder as much as I did. And please let us know if you are able to name any of the identified people shown in these photos! Email kfalk@jewishmuseummd.org.

Doctors and nurses who covered heads and faces, gloved their hands, draped pristine linens on their patients, and tossed used instruments into sterilized enameled basins marked the up-to-date- surgical procedures at the Hebrew Hospital and Asylum, c. 1920. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.017.

Doctors and nurses who covered heads and faces, gloved their hands, draped pristine linens on their patients, and tossed used instruments into sterilized enameled basins marked the up-to-date- surgical procedures at the Hebrew Hospital and Asylum, c. 1920. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.017.

This photo by Craig Terkowitz for the Baltimore Jewish Times, identified in the collection only as “generic hospital shot,” was probably taken in the early 1990s. It makes a nice contrast with the one above. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.021.

This photo by Craig Terkowitz for the Baltimore Jewish Times, identified in the collection only as “generic hospital shot,” was probably taken in the early 1990s. It makes a nice contrast with the one above. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.021.

This long line of Cadillac ambulances ferried patients from Sinai Hospital on Monument Street to the newly built hospital on Belvedere Avenue in 1959. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.015.

This long line of Cadillac ambulances ferried patients from Sinai Hospital on Monument Street to the newly built hospital on Belvedere Avenue in 1959. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.015.

This photo describes the nurses’ station as the “headquarters” of the emergency room at Sinai Hospital in 1996. L-R, Dr. Fred Sunness and Dr. Tariq Khan. J. Hwang, photographer. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.024.

This photo describes the nurses’ station as the “headquarters” of the emergency room at Sinai Hospital in 1996. L-R, Dr. Fred Sunness and Dr. Tariq Khan. J. Hwang, photographer. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.024.

Community volunteers have long filled many important roles in the work of hospitals. Here, Joshua Reiter entertains a patient in Sinai’s pediatric ward on “Straight from the Heart Day,” 1997. Kyle Bergner, photographer. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.30.

Community volunteers have long filled many important roles in the work of hospitals. Here, Joshua Reiter entertains a patient in Sinai’s pediatric ward on “Straight from the Heart Day,” 1997. Kyle Bergner, photographer. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.30.

Rose Birenbaum and David Weinstock stand in line at Sinai’s kosher café, new when this photo was taken in 1994. Craig Terkowitz, photographer. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.056.

Rose Birenbaum and David Weinstock stand in line at Sinai’s kosher café, new when this photo was taken in 1994. Craig Terkowitz, photographer. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.056.

While on Monument Street, Sinai Hospital’s gift shop was tucked under the stairs and staffed by white uniformed volunteers. Photo c. 1940, Sussman-Ochs Studio. Courtesy of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, CP 14.2015.002.

While on Monument Street, Sinai Hospital’s gift shop was tucked under the stairs and staffed by white uniformed volunteers. Photo c. 1940, Sussman-Ochs Studio. Courtesy of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, CP 14.2015.002.

Much enlarged in its suburban location, the gift shop was still staffed by the women of the Sinai Ladies Auxiliary, shown here in 1998. L-R: Pamela Platt, Beverly Epstein, Linda Smith, Elaine Lowen, Ann Robinson, and Debbie Effron. Kyle Bergner, photographer. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.059.

Much enlarged in its suburban location, the gift shop was still staffed by the women of the Sinai Ladies Auxiliary, shown here in 1998. L-R: Pamela Platt, Beverly Epstein, Linda Smith, Elaine Lowen, Ann Robinson, and Debbie Effron. Kyle Bergner, photographer. Gift of the Baltimore Jewish Times, 2012.054.351.059.

karenA blog post by Curator Karen Falk. To read more posts from Karen click HERE. This post has also been published on the Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America website.

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