April Fool's Day
All of these items are in Special Collections and University Archives. They physically exist, but one of them isn’t actually “real,” or genuine. Can you guess which item is the April Fool?
Scarificator by Hutchinson
19th century bloodletting machine. Donated by Cuban collector.
G.O.A.T. : A Tribute to Mohammed Ali
The heaviest (50 lbs.) book in our collection, donated by CARTA.
University mascot uniform received compliments of Alumni Affairs.
Antique "Star" Vibrator
1920's electric massage vibrator. Collection of Dr. William Straight.
Marvel Violet Ray
A "cure all" device that uses oscillationing Violet Ray High Frequency Current for the following:
Return of sleep.
Increase of strength and vital energy.
Increase cheerfulness and power for work.
Improvement in appetite, digestion, etc.
Increase of blood supply to the point of application.
General increase of local nutrition and progressive improvement in the general functions.
Increase of secretions.
Soothing effect on the nervous system.
Collection of Dr. William Straight.
Vintage Medical Supply Kit
World War II Medical Supply Kit. Undine Sams Nursing Collection.
Visionaire 53: sound
Consists of five 12-inch vinyl records, double-sided picture discs, containing approximately 100 minutes of original sound content featuring audio experiments, unreleased songs, samples, and spoken word pieces. The five records are packaged inside an acrylic domed case that also houses a custom-made MINI Clubman "Vinyl Killer" record player: a battery-operated toy car containing speakers and stylus. As the little car drives along the record's groove, it plays each track, acting as a fully portable record player and sound system. Clubman sits in parking place when not engaged. The issue also includes 2 CD's with all the sound content, and a booklet of images, credits and instructions. Emerging talents share the disks with big music, art, fashion and film names like Cindy Sherman, U2, Yoko Ono, Cat Power, Alexander McQueen, Michael Stipe, Courtney Love, The Pet Shop Boys, U2, Robert Wilson, Maggie Cheung, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Helmut Lang, Linda Evangelista, Liza Minnelli, Malcolm McLaren, Miss Kittin, Marina Abramovic, Stefano Pilati.
Swizzle Sticks from left to right: Havana Hilton, Tropicana, Riveria, Bacardi. Elena Kurstin Cuban Memorabilia Collection.
Elvis at Weeki Wachee
Photograph in the "Look Back in Anger" Playbill. Louis Morris Theater Collection.
Cabinet of Natural Curiosities
Cabinet of natural curiosities : locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri 1734-1765 : based on the copy in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague.
Brickell Mansion Mailbox
An early 20th century residential flip top lid mailbox. Carmen Petsoules/Mary Brickell Collection.
Sheldon Abend American Theater Collection.
Cartoonist Abril Lamarque Memorabilia
Abril Lamarque Collection
Printing Plate Comic Monguito
Cocktail glass used in Bacardi office bar July 26, 1951.
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