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nce Transparent I astonishingly large collection of over 3000 floral and invertebrate scientific models - learning tools that were, in many ways, even more fragile than their living counterparts, as they were made entirely of glass. The Harvard Museum of Natural History now holds much of this work in The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants. A huge portion of the Harvard collection was originally funded by Mrs. Elizabeth C. Ware and her daughter, Mary Lee Ware in memory of Dr. Charles E. Ware; husband, father and Harvard alumnus. The pieces were commissioned by Mary Lee's instructor, Professor George Goodale, founder of Harvard's Botanical Museum, in order to better teach botany. n the late 1800's, the father and son team of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka created an and complex glass botanical models of Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka The Bohemian father and son came from a long line of jewelers and glassmakers, while they themselves had been specializing in glass eyes for taxidermists. Back in their day, most models for learning biology were two-dimensional representations - drawings, photographs, or pressings - and occasionally, three-dimensional models were made from papier maché or wax, both relatively clumsy mediums for depicting small scale accuracy. However, Leopold had begun creating glass flowers from pictures he found in books. This garnered him the attention of Prince Camille de Rohan who then commissioned one hundred models of orchids for his own private collection. As a result, Leopold's reputation for accuracy spread and he began to receive commissions to produce anemones and other invertebrates for museums. 17

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