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So you might ask — where did the “mischief of mice” acquire a knowledge of chemistry, NIMH perhaps?  Actually, it’s the tail (pun intended) of an uncle and his niece. Uncle Harry’s — Sir Henry Roscoe — niece, Beatrix Potter — yes Peter Rabbit’s Beatrix Potter — presented him with this watercolor, A Dream of Toasted Cheese, to commemorate a new edition of Roscoe’s book.  Uncle Harry included this in his autobiography.  Why the bunsen burner — Roscoe studied and worked with Robert Bunsen.

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We didn’t want to miss posting for Beatrix Potter’s birthday (she was born on July 28, 1866) so we are reblogging our post from Bunsen Burner Day back in March. Happy Birthday!

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Existential question of the day: Is a sunsuit different than a swimsuit?

Photo credit: Inga Fischer-Hjalmars in a sunsuit, Fort Myers, FL circa 1960. Robert G. Parr Image Collection, CHF Image Archives.

justpale answered: Yes - based on material and fit. Swimsuit: tight fit, aquadynamic. Sunsuit: looser fit, breatheable fabrics.

Thanks for the clarification, justpale! A sunsuit sounds like just the thing for a steamy day in Philadelphia!  

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Happy Birthday to James Curtis Booth!

Born in Philly 1810 and died in 1888. He was possibly the first American to travel to Germany to study chemistry in the 1830s when American schools were teaching only by the book. He returned and built a teaching laboratory in 1836 to instill applied chemistry to American students. He taught at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia’s Central High School, and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as being the refiner for the US Mint.

The images here are of his sketch of the laboratory he wished to build and the outside of the building which it was housed.

The Archives holds the papers of Booth

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