R. F. Deckert’s Paintings: Now on Flickr!

The Michigan State University Museum’s current exhibition, Sympathetic Detail: R. F. Deckert and the Art of Natural History Illustration, displays only 23 of Deckert’s watercolors of snakes, toads, lizards, frogs, flowers, and birds. We’ve uploaded to Flickr those 23 images and 328 more! I hope you take a look at these enchanting images. Exhibition visitors … Continue reading R. F. Deckert’s Paintings: Now on Flickr!

Sympathetic Detail: R. F. Deckert and the Art of Natural History Illustration

Over a year ago I stumbled upon ten large portfolios containing watercolor paintings of snakes, toads, frogs, turtles, and birds in the Michigan State University Museum's collections. And now a relative handful of these images are on exhibition at the Museum! The artist was the German-born and largely self-taught Richard Frederick Deckert (1878-1971), who was … Continue reading Sympathetic Detail: R. F. Deckert and the Art of Natural History Illustration

Mad as a Hatter: The Danbury Shakes

Here's my essay, for Connecticuthistory.org, on the problem of mercury poisoning among hatters in Danbury, Connecticut:  http://connecticuthistory.org/ending-the-danbury-shakes-a-story-of-workers-rights-and-corporate-responsibility/ The Danbury Hatters case (Loewe v. Lawlor, 1908) was a staple in high school and college U.S. history textbooks throughout the twentieth century. But fewer and fewer college history textbooks including this landmark case. More's the pity, given … Continue reading Mad as a Hatter: The Danbury Shakes