One other Mannequin of the Fang-erecting mechanism of a Viper. E.T.B. Francis’s mannequin within the Cole Museum at Studying was not the one one

Once I noticed the {photograph} of the mannequin of the snake’s jaw made by Eric Thomas Brazil Francis (1900-1993) for the Cole Museum of Zoology on the College of Studying (see earlier article right here), I used to be instantly struck by the truth that I had seen one thing very related however product of plywood mounted on board however with out the spring mechanism. It was within the biology library in school. No person knew something about its origin aside from it predated the arrival of James John Key (1917-1876) as senior biology grasp on the Henry Mellish Grammar Faculty in 1950.

I’m now fairly sure that it should have been the work of John Robert Upton who taught each biology and handicrafts—the perfect mixture to give you a fret-sawed mannequin in wooden. Born on 18 April 1910 in West Ham, at the moment in Essex, Upton was a pupil at Sir George Monoux’s Grammar Faculty in Walthamstow in 1926-1929; he was awarded a county scholarship to King’s School, London, to check science. He joined the Mellish employees in 1933. Whereas there he wrote a guide The Microscope: Its Development and Its Use in Biology (John Murray 1937). The one copy I’ve been in a position to observe down is on the market in Australia with a really excessive postage value so aside from the contents web page I do know nothing of its protection. Nevertheless the blurb reads:

The guide was designed to supply the reader with the data mandatory to make use of a microscope in a organic laboratory or classroom. It was supposed for lecturers with no educational coaching in biology who discovered themselves required to show the topic of their colleges.

I’m additionally fairly sure that it was Upton who had the job of introducing biology correct to the curriculum. Boys’ colleges usually or normally didn’t provide organic topics till properly into the twentieth century and it was not till 1953 that devoted laboratories had been constructed on the Mellish. I now realise that it should have been Upton who acquired quite a few bits of apparatus that languished within the biology retailer within the early Nineteen Sixties, for instance, a Flatters & Garnett vasculum for botanical journeys and a quite simple brass microtome (one chapter of Upton’s guide I see is dedicated to its use). Museum specimens, bottled dissections of frog and dogfish by Gerrard, for instance, had been additionally from the Thirties.

Upton married Ivy Ann Hutchins (often known as Wall) in 1939 in Worthing, Sussex. They’re proven (she as ‘Ann’) within the 1939 Register as residing at 39 Glendon Drive, Nottingham

Upton left the Henry Mellish in 1942 as described within the faculty journal, The Centaur:

Mr. J. R. Upton, who joined the varsity employees in 1933, has left us, to hitch the employees of the County Faculty, Tottenham. Our college has misplaced a great good friend. Moreover being the Senior Biology Grasp, Mr. Upton was largely chargeable for the profitable institution and improvement of the varsity gardens. His all-round potential enabled him to take cost of the Handicraft Division for a while. Mr. Upton will, nevertheless, in all probability be finest remembered as “Faculty and Camp Physician”, binding wounds, placing limbs into slings or administering varied medicines. He was always kindly and sympathetic in or out of the classroom. We thank him for all he did for the Faculty, and we want him and Mrs. Upton all happiness sooner or later.

In 1955, The Centaur famous that Upton was then Head at Farnham County Secondary Faculty.

John Robert Upton then of The Badgings, Cherry Lane, Increased Odcombe, Somerset. died on 28 February 1980. His spouse died in 1988 in Hampshire.

There’s a {photograph} of Upton on

Again to the fashions of the fang-erecting mechanism we thus have (or had) two made across the identical time. May there have been an article printed someplace, which impressed each Francis and Upton to construct their fashions? Or did Francis publish the making of this mannequin and Upton then comply with? Does anyone have any info in any respect on different fashions or articles from that point?

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