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Advertisement for microscopes, London, England

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'Microcosm, A Grand Display of the Wonders of Nature' advertisement for microscopes, London, England, 1827 'Microcosm, A Grand Display of Nature' invited visitors to a room in Regent Street, London to "look into the secrets of nature" through a microscope. For the price of one shilling, visitors could look at 40 microscope slides showing parts of the vegetable, animal and mineral world. Sights on display included a slice of twig from a lime tree, a louse and a piece of iron ore. During the 1820s when this 'Grand Display of Nature' was taking place, microscopy was pursued for educational amusement and was also becoming a serious scientific tool.

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