hope you enjoy
your visit to my website and exploring these fascinating Antique
Microscope Slides from a bygone era. They offer a
glimpse of an earlier age, although the subjects of many are as relevant today as they were back when they were
originally created. I find them
interesting from many different perspectives... including the
inherent Scientific Interest of many of them, their undeniable beauty as
of Art and Craftsmanship, and certainly their significance as important
Historical Scientific Artifacts worthy of preservation and study.
They are perhaps a unique nexus combining these very
different ways of percieving or viewing the natural world.
name is Howard Lynk, and this website has been a wonderful
opportunity for me to bring together and focus several of my
longtime interests. These include amateur
microscopy, science history, photography, and computer
technology. The site originally started as a way to introduce
my grandsons to the wonders hidden within my antique
microscope slide collection. I was encouraged by several
associates to consider sharing it with other interested
individuals via an open website. You are viewing the result!
While antique Victorian Microscope Slides may be considered a
somewhat arcane or esoteric interest by many, the work and
insights of the original makers, represented by these
surviving slides, truly
helped lay the foundation of our modern world and culture. The remarkable
advances that quickly followed in science, technology, and medicine,
with the resulting
enhanced quality of life, can be traced back and are all directly related
to these pioneering individual's contributions and
antique slides shown on the site are from my own collection,
as well as those of several other interested collectors. Research
into these slides and the individuals who made them is an
ongoing pursuit, with any new insights being documented and made available
through several different publications, including the pages of this website.
My thanks to the individuals who have been willing to share
their knowledge and
resources in the continuing effort to further the
identification, preservation, and documentation of these scientific
those interested in such details, the tools and equipment I use
include: My workhorse microscope is a vintage Leitz
Orthoplan from the late
1960s, outfitted with a variety of useful Leitz lenses and accessories patiently sought
out and acquired over a number of years via the used market or
photography of the slide groups is primarily accomplished using a Nikon
Coolpix 995 (3.3MP) digital camera on a modified B&L stereo
microscope boom stand. Some macro slide images (specifically,
engraved label all glass mounts) have also been acquired using an HP
Scanner with black background backing paper to enhance the engraving.
Most of the photomicrographs were taken
using a Nikon Coolpix 5000 (5MP) digital camera mounted to the
photoport of the Orthoplan via a Leitz 30mm 10x Periplan WF ocular.
Recently, I have acquired and begun to use a Sony NEX~7 (24MP)
for the image acquisition process. A
"pencil" type fiber-optic illuminator is sometimes used for
additional reflected "spot" light illumination of specimens when
needed. Images are cropped and prepared using various graphics
programs such as Photoshop when necessary, although I do try to keep photo modification and
manipulation to a minimum.
again for your interest, and please contact me via email if
you have suggestions, questions or comments...