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BLOW FLY 001 - Proboscis

Light micrograph of proboscis of a blowfly, wm by C.M. Topping under Rheinberg Differential Color Illumination. Advancements in optics during the 19th century gave rise to a widespread interest in microscopy.  Microscopy became a favorite pastime of the English during the Victorian Age.  Naturalists turned to the preparation of microscope slides to fill the demand.  Mundane and exotic specimens and preparations were hand made with elaborate paper covers.  A "mounter" became known and sought after for one or more specific mountings.  This 19th century Victorian microslide won a prize medal in the Paris exhibition. It is a whole mount preparation by the celebrated mounter, C.M. Topping, who was renown for this preparation and his red paper slide covers with their gilt lithographed designs. This blowfly proboscis mount is highly sought after because it Is considered one of the Victorian classics, a must have in every collection.  (see Brian Bracegirdle, "Microscopical Mounts and Mounters", The Quekett Microsocpical Club, pg. 94, Plates 32, 36, 49, 50, 59, 60-B...Personal note:  My father was a professional histotechnologist, a medical professional who assisted in autopsies and made microscope slides for the hospital's pathologist.  He gave me my first microscope when I was eight.  I spent two nights a week during high school learning his trade and craft, making microscope slides.  When I entered the Biomedical Photography program at Rochester Institute of Technology In 1971, I specialized in making light micrographs.  A Kodak publication authored by John Gustav Delly featured a Rheinberg micrograph of this preparation by CM Topping.  I was captivated and vowed to eventually find or make my own and photograph it...Technique note:  Rheinberg Differential Color Illumination is an optical staining method long favored by microscopists.  False color is added to the preparation or mount by the insertion of a "sector disc" into the optical light path between the substage conde