Vintage Lab Week: Jekyll & Hyde

I am honoured to be posting while the mistress of this blog walks ever more softly. I hope that you will enjoy this week’s posts as much as I have enjoyed being part of this audience. Without further fanfare…

Vintage laboratories invoke all sorts of emotions for me. There’s nothing like setting a beaker atop a Bunsen burner to get the Science juices flowing; to feel your place as part of the microcosm of scientists, both Good and Mad, who have gone before. Lets start with some scenes showing laboratory equipment from classic horror films. Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde provides us with two very notable films…

Here we have a stern John Barrymore in “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,” 1920. Unfortunately there are not many good images of his laboratory.


Mr Barrymore’s film was quite the thing for 1920, but in 1932 Fredric March took it to a whole new level. And wrap your orbs around that laboratory!  March as Jekyll…

March as Hyde…

Stay tuned tomorrow–we’ll continue the week with some images from the Frankenstein films, The Invisible man, and more.

6 Responses to “Vintage Lab Week: Jekyll & Hyde”

  1. Welcome, dear Sir! You are making me wish for some old movies! Maybe I’ll put one in tonight 🙂

  2. 13hearseman13 Says:

    Why Thank You Miss Carrie Filetti!

  3. shewalkssoftly Says:

    Awesome start…knew I was putting the site in the right hands! I’m so looking forward to READING my own blog all week! 🙂

  4. Love those old labs! It’s different with stuff like the LHC at CERN and all that madness these days, but even then they still use more than their fair share of duct tape and tin foil. Which is heartening.

  5. Hi all, here every person is sharing such know-how, so it’s nice to read this blog, and I used to pay a quick visit this web site daily.

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