Magic cabinet

Here is Annette Aiello in her lab, showing one of her cabinets of specimens. She’s worked for Smithsonian since 1977, the year I started grad school. Her bookcases are full of notebooks, carefully numbered and kept. Her father was a famous manikin designer and he sculpted them and then, later, even manufactured them in their ┬ábasement. He would let the children watch him sculpt and work if they were very still and didn’t speak. She said there’d be a row of 8 neighborhood kids in their basement, sitting silent and still for hours watching him. Also, one of her first jobs was working at a jewelry shop. Little white boxes…shiny, beautiful objects….precious.

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