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Aquarium history

Postby MSDdivers » Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:33 pm

Found this really cool book on the history of aquariums. First published in German in 2003 and first published in English in 2005.

The Ocean at Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium.
http://www.amazon.ca/The-Ocean-Home-Ill ... 1568985029

It has the feel of a book written before 1950, but some of the illustrations our very good.

Here’s something I found on the web.
http://www.joanbogart.com/vintage-fish-tanks.html

Do you know of any good books or web sites that touch on the history of aquariums?
Please forgive any spelling errors; English is not my first language.

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Re: Aquarium history

Postby Samadhikash » Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:05 pm

If you are interested in original material, I have had success with http://www.archive.org which is a huge searchable collection of archived library material. I ended up in the biodiversity library and found this...http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibl ... 3#/summary --a 100 year old (1912-1914) monthly magazine called The Aquarium. The articles are fascinating and the advertising is a real kick. I thought it was really interesting to see what has and hasn't changed in the practice of keeping an aquarium in a century of time.

If you are willing to spend a bit of time with the search function, you can drag up some amazing and fun stuff.
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Re: Aquarium history

Postby MSDdivers » Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:04 pm

That’s insane, how did you ever find this resource. Are you a gumshoe?

I like the way it says, “Monthly (except July and August).” Maybe they go on vacation, fishing I bet.

Thanks for the link; I bookmarked it for more reading.
Please forgive any spelling errors; English is not my first language.

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Re: Aquarium history

Postby zimmy » Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:17 pm

Great links! You must both be gumshoes (that's a word that needs to be used more :D )!
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Re: Aquarium history

Postby Mr Chromedome » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:43 pm

http://www.amazon.com/The-Toy-Fish-Aquarium-One-Hundred/dp/0971199914

The author of this book was an editor for The Aquarium magazine in the 1960s or so. He gave a presentation on this subject at the 2005 ACA convention in Texas.
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