Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"We don’t only have books bound in human skin! This...



"We don’t only have books bound in human skin! This wallet, circa 1906, is made from tanned human skin and dyed black. An unknown demonstrator of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania presented this wallet to W.W. Keen, MD (you can learn a lot about Dr. Keen in the "Doctors" episode of our youtube series on Civil War medicine). Unlike the thickly tanned leather used on the books, the leather for this wallet is lightweight, soft, and supple. #muttermuseum #leather #theotherkindofskintan #philly" By muttermuseum on Instagram.



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