Saturday, April 16, 2011

NIST Heads

NIST's curators do not know what these handcarved, solid wood heads are, exactly, and so they are throwing the question out to the mob. Maybe they have something to do with hearing aid testing, they say.

Which is so funny, because I'm pretty sure I remember my great-grandfather telling me he'd been a hearing aid salesman, and that he'd had three wooden demo heads stolen from him while visiting the Bureau of Standards one time. So mystery solved!

Maybe you, too, can solve a nagging family mystery by crowdsourcing another NIST Museum artifact history [nist digital archives via io9]