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In 1988 the Marine Biological Laboratory celebrated its centennial. In this well-researched, sometimes humorous, always human "biography" of this eclectic institution, historian of science Jane Maienschein catches a glimpse of what it is that has made the MBL so special to all who have spent any time there.
Dirt road with some cars and some horse drawn carriages on it, houses/buildings visible in background.
Two women on shoring, one standing, one kneeling, in background is dock and two boats (one of which is Vigilant), a few many are standing on boat and dock.
Penzance in 1909
Large group of people on the Vigilant and surrounding row boats. Collecting nets are visible, people are looking at the camera.
Crane laboratory viewed from Eel pond.
MBL picnic- people sitting in grass eating off plates, many are looking down at plates but some are looking up, appear to be laughing. 8 people total.
The Anderson School of Natural History on Penikese Island
Six women (5 of whom are standing) standing on a beach in bathing costumes and caps. One is sitting in a boat, none are looking at camera and many have backs turned.
A group of people standing in a small boat and on a dock at Tarmulin Cove. The Vigilant is visible in the background. Women are holding black umbrellas (but the umbrellas are not up)
Man standing in marsh-looking grass area, pulling in large net (seine) from the water. Another man is walking in the background