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The Annals of Cryptozoology: The World a Million Years Ago…

The good folks at The Royal Reliquarian Museum (“For the Advancement of Aesthetic Anachronism”) have amassed a collection of 35mm stereographs–  images originally produced by Tru-Vue in the 1930s-1940s as 35mm positives meant to be viewed through their innovative bakelite ViewMaster-like apparatus.  Tru-Vue produced dozens of rolls on a wide variety of themes; the RRS and has begun with transfers of “Early Twentieth-Century Detroit” and the rather-more-amusing “World a Million Years Ago“:

As the RRM explains:

As its name suggests, this survey of the pre-historic world is more concerned with entertainment than real science or pedagogy. However, that does not explain the anachronisms, amateurish papier-mache  monster designs, or the gross misrepresentations of historical and scientific fact. It is difficult to tell whether the several cryptozoological  specimens, such as the “woolly rhinoceros” are a testament to the author’s special ignorance or to how far paleontology has come since the 40s…

See them all here.

As we admit that the dinosaurs have certainly changed a good bit since we were in elementary school, we might recall that it was on this date in 2008 that President George W, Bush signed the $700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)– a program under which the federal government purchased toxic assets and equity from threatened financial institutions– into law.

President Bush and his Brain Trust (source)

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