This weeks episode of Blacklist will feature 2 new faces from the Radio Guy collection. We love this show and James Spader is amazing.
Above is a Turn-of-the-Century photograph of Dr. James Law (1838-1921), Americas first academic veterinarian. He is seated before the faculty and students in the Cornell Veterinarian Collage lecture hall using one of the earliest examples of an Auzoux Horse. These models are scarce and almost unheard of here in the US. Could this be “The” Dr. Law Model?
This is one of the largest and rarest of the Dr. Auzoux Paper mache anatomical models. It’s also one of our most ambitious accusations. This prized 1846 first generation hand made model dates to the mid 1800s. It was recently found tucked away in a barn for over 20 years and is fresh to the market. A handful of Auzoux full size horse model are known to exist… can be found in the scientific collections of museums around the world. This is the only known example that can be found outside of a museum.
This 65 inch by 76 inch model is labeled and can be completely taken apart, offering a hyper-realistic, precisely detailed overview of a horse’s anatomy, comparable to what one might learn through dissection. When the first prototype was created in 1844 by physician Louis Auzoux, it was a revolutionary teaching aid for veterinary students.
Dr Louis Auzoux (Louis Thomas Jerome Auzoux) (1797-1880) was a French anatomist. He is known for his large scale zoological and botanical models for educational use. Models such as this quarter horse were made to help veterinary scientists understand the form and structure of horses and other animals. As a medical student, Auzoux was frustrated with the shortage of human and animal corpses available for studying anatomy. Auzoux graduated from medical school in 1818 and worked in the surgical department of the hospital Hotel-Dieu in Paris. In 1820 while visiting the papier-mache workshop of Francois Ameline, his ingenious idea to produce papier-mache models was envisioned. In 1828, he set up a workshop which made accurate human and veterinary anatomical models in Saint-Aubin-d’Ecrosville, in Normandy. He became a lecturer in universities and exhibited his papier-mache models during his lectures. His models became famous at industrial shows during the second half of the 19th century, such as the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, where they received praise.
It will soon be on display at our showroom… 115 North Water Street, Peekskill New York 10566
Call Steve Erenberg, 914-257-1664 for information about this model.
The Early Electrics and Radio Guy Showroom opened this summer and attracted a whole new crowd. Here is just a sampling of the rare anatomical models, Santos and articulated artists mannequins you’ll see on display and for sale in our new 5000 SqFt Hudson River antique shop.
115 North Water Street
Peekskill NY 10567
If you collect this type of banner then you already know how well done this original is. The quality of the painting is as good as they get. We could not find a signature but can guess from the quality that this was done by one of the good ones. As with most sideshow banners… a good deal of them are hard to live with. This has a very elegant 1930s style woman in a feathered dress holding a peacock. Miss Tilly was a class act. At 12 foot tall his is one impressive banner… $5200
Writer Joel Heumann is a local Realtor & big booster of Peekskill.
I stopped in front of this place several times in the past few months, peering in through the reflected glare at the treasures inside. Tried my best to take some photos. Those shots could best be described as “artsy”; meaning you can’t make out much, but you like it anyhow.
A few weeks ago, the window announced that the place was called “Early Electric”. Googled it. Nothing useful. How could a joint with such cool stuff fly so far under the radar?
This past Monday a guy inside noticed me & opened up. Finally! It was even better, far better, than I expected.
Steve Erenberg and his son Daniel own ‘Early Electrics‘… with an “s”, and its sister company ‘Radio Guy’. Internet searches being what they are, that extra “s” makes all the difference.
Steve is a retired Madison Avenue advertising exec. He & Dan bought the 1880’s landmark building at 115 North Water Street, gutted and transformed it into a showcase and work space for Early Electrics as well as Steve’s odd collection of antiques and curios. The key to its appeal lies in Steve’s gifted eye for the slightly macabre mixed with some steampunk aesthetic and a healthy dollop of Industrial Age modernism and great placement of the items in a beautiful old space.
Early Electrics makes up over 50% of the Erenbergs’ business. What they do is restore antique lighting; take antique or industrial artifacts and re-purpose them as antique-style lighting and design retro lighting fixtures from scratch. Most of their business comes via 1stdibs.com, designers and decorators, who can, for example, order 100 or more units at a time for a new restaurant. The recently opened Hudson Room restaurant at 23 S. Division Street, right around the corner from The Paramount Theater here in Peekskill had their lighting designed and built by Early Electrics.
Steve’s collection takes up most of the display space, and it’s more fun to go through than any antiques store and most museums I’ve visited. Masks and helmets, posters and walking sticks, medical and anatomical ephemera… simply a hodge-podge of offbeat yet tasteful items share space with the lighting displays. Again, designers and decorators make up most of the clientèle, yet interestingly, pieces are frequently rented by TV shows and movie production companies. Steve has also been a guest expert on shows like American Pickers and Oddities.
Check out their websites at http://www.EarlyElectrics.com and http://www.Radio-Guy.net. The storefront is open “by appointment or serendipity”; meaning “if the door’s open, great”…
Early Electrics and Radio Guy Showrooms
115 N. Water St, Peekskill
If you didn’t know, were confused or just don’t care… Radio Guy and Early Electrics are one and the same. Early Electrics is the lighting and Radio Guy is everything else. This was a nice story with very good pictures and a short video interview… Hope I didn’t make a fool of myself.
To see the whole thing go to this link (Journal News- Early Electrics)
It’s always best to visit in person. The new Early Electrics & Radio Guy showroom is located at:
115 North Water Street
Peekskill, New York 10566
Steve or Dan Erenberg
Of all the things I offer these posable schematic artist’s mannequins are my favorite. They give any space they are in personality and also have a machine like quality. This one is complete with brass and wood ball joints, articulated hands and feet. In fact every joint in the fingers can be posed. It stands 28 inches and has a custom iron Stand as well… $4800
We have traveled all over the world… always on the lookout for early Dr. Auzoux Models. Most are already in museums and private collections. Examples usually pass from collector to collector Via word of mouth. They are an important part of medical history and amazing when you see all the painstaking detail. It’s a must have on every collectors list. As luck would have it this extra large 73 inch model was found just 40 miles from my shop. Its fresh to the market and was located in a dry estate attic where it remained hidden for over 80 years. The model was untouched but for the fact that he was wearing a hat and had a cigar in the mouth. These models are made from paper mache that’s why few survived. Seeing this was as surprising as finding that undiscovered Ferrari in a barn.
This is the largest male model Auzoux made and very sought after. There could be a small part missing but it does look very complete. The original paint is shot with every bit of it holding on for dear life. That said… the deep patina transforms the body into something special. It sits on the original metal legs… $8600
If you’ve spend your summers on the Jersey Shore than you’ll recognize this landmark neon fish. For decades it was the seafood restaurant in Ocean City New Jersey. It’s a foot thick hand-painted two sided sign. We restored the neon on one side to its original glory. All the paint is original and it has a beautiful aged patina. At seven foot six this is a real show stopper.