Relics of Junk Science: Phrenology and Bally’s 19th-Century Miniature Plastic Heads

Set of sixty miniature heads used in phrenology produced by William Bally in 1832. Image Credit: Science Museum, London  By Dolly Stolze / 09.08.2015 The Science Museum of London has a set of 60 eerie little plaster heads that look like miniature death masks. Johann Gaspar Spurzheim (1776-1832), a well-known 19th century phrenologist, commissioned these bizarre relics to help his students study phrenology. As[…]