Sunday, February 2, 2020

Behind the Scenes at the Met Museum, 1928

The Metropolitan Museum made this silent film in 1928 showing the work that the museum staff did behind the scenes (Link to YouTube)

The labels on each painting were hand lettered with a brush. There are scenes showing how a manikin was fitted with armor and how salt-encrusted Egyptian statues were soaked to keep them from disintegrating.

Lettering the museum labels
Although the video moves a bit slowly, it's fascinating to see how things like type setting and exhibition design were done before the digital revolution.
Behind the Scenes: The Working Side of the Museum, 1928 | From the Vaults


Susan Krzywicki said...

I sped up the speed to 2x and it went along quite nicely - easily read the text. Loved the time clock machines.

Kathleen said...

Thanks a million for sharing this. Wonderful to see how things were done back then.

doforanimals said...

This was so fascinating! Thanks for sharing this gem.

CerverGirl said...

This is wonderful, thank you.