coyotequeen:

The inner workings of museum taxidermy mounts from the early 1900’s
All of these are in various states of completion. Today, commercial mass-produced styrofoam forms are the typical form used for a majority of taxidermist’s mounts, while in the earlier years of taxidermy taxidermists had to make all their own forms from scratch. Modern taxidermists work just as hard on their mounts as the older ones did, but this original style of form making made it effectively more difficult to capture correct anatomy and likeness of the animal due to having no option to have a pre-made base to work off of.

The old-style of taxidermy forms often included wood, metal, the cleaned bones of their specimen, clay, plaster, paper mache, wood wool/straw, and other material to build their base to put the skin over

all photos here were found on various pages of this source. (please do not remove the source from this photoset)

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