Wednesday, September 12, 2007

thermometer museum

Some are old, some are new; some are rare, some are commonplace. You’ll see everything from antique to high-tech models when you visit Porter’s Thermometer Museum, featuring the largest (currently numbering over 2,600) collection of thermometers in the world.

For about 20 years, curator, Richard Porter has amassed over 2,700 thermometers, earning his "not-your-average museum" listings in Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Many of Porter’s thermometers were collected at flea markets, yard sales and antique shops. He found others while touring the United States, Europe, South America and Africa.

Some of his collectibles include a model woman’s shoe with a miniature thermometer sewn into the side (a 1920s prize from a box of Cracker Jack) and a 150-year-old model embedded into a French woodcut (purchased for $1.00 at a flea market in Wellfleet, Cape Cod). Visitors will also discover reptile, bath and grain thermometers.

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