My brother and I have both looked at and lusted over this jar countless times growing up. We both want it, as well as my niece. My Dad has always joked that it will be in his will for my brother or I. Which wouldn't surprise me.
The story behind the jar:
Around 1950, when my Dad was about 10 years old he was visiting with his grandparents in Edina, MO. His second cousin, Alfred Kirn, was visiting from Texas where he taught Biology at a college there. Alfred had lots of cool things like stuffed armadillos and such. My Dad was fascinated and pleaded for "some preserved creatures from Texas". And Alfred said he would send him a package.
What my Dad got in the mail was this magnificent collection of creatures preserved in formaldehyde, along with a letter. It still blows my mind that this was mailed from Texas to Missouri in the early 1950s! All of the specimens are still very well in tact although somewhat muted in color.
They specimens are also all labeled with tags. But because most of them are flipped around I could only read two tags:
"Lubber Grasshopper, Somerset Texas, A J Kirn"
"Walking Stick, Somerset Texas, A J Kirn"
No scientific names but they can probably all be identified fairly easy.
I'm hoping my Dad locates the letter. It lists everything in the jar.
I meant to get a photo of the bottom on the jar. I think you can see the snake's head there as well as some other insects.
Also, check out my Dad's wonderful writing here:
Photos are turning the jar counter clockwise:
Texas Horned Lizards, Giant Centipede, Lizard or Skink
The head of the unidentified lizard/skink can been seen between the two Horned Lizards.
Texas Horned Lizards, Giant Centipede, Lizard or Skink, Wood Boring Beetle (Possibly Click Beetle), Faded Coral Snake, Giant Male Eastern Dobsonfly
Texas Horned Lizard, Giant Centipede, Wood Boring Beetle (Possibly Click Beetle), Faded Coral Snake, Giant Male Eastern Dobsonfly, Other Insect/s
Faded Coral Snake, Giant Lubber Grasshopper, Giant Walking Stick, Scarab Beetle, Tarantula or Other Spider
Texas Horned Lizard, Giant Lubber Grasshopper, Giant Walking Stick, Giant Centipede
Jar Lid (would love to find more of these jars/lids!)