Uphill Both Ways
Volume 9 - Boston 1956
Second: the horizontal straps inside the ribs. These do precisely what you’d imagine: they hold the ribs properly spaced and secured so that they don’t swing inward, or fall off.
Third: This is harder to see but it’s there, a heavy bar slightly contoured running parallel to a few inches below the spine, from the tiny fore arms through the pelvis and out along the tail as far as it shows in this image. The purpose of that old-fashioned device is also self-evident and was just described in the preceding paragraph.
Fourth: the vertical struts that support the feet and hold the rear legs securely in place.
Fifth: is difficult to see in this printed version of this poor quality image but is visible on a CRT. There is a heavy metal strap applied to the back side of the hind legs running from the feet up the pelvis.
The viewer accepts these artificial elements as part of the mount and understands their necessity. They keep things from collapsing into a pile of dinosaur bone jackstraws.
Before moving on, you ask me what shows that this mount has been affected by dad’s method? Good question since I’ve just pointed out how it differs, but I also said that it showed his vision. The first observation is that the overall amount of hardware is remarkably reduced from what it used to be. I suppose that sounds to you like I’m contradicting what I just pointed out. It does. But I’m not. You just don’t know how much visible steel was used to hold bones together in the old method. No support was placed inside of bones so every bit of metal used to hold ribs and metacarpals and vertebrae and limb bones together was there is front of the viewer.
The second observation is actually the more dramatic one: the stance of this mount is vastly more realistic than the old method where the animal stood up like a pile of hay, wooden, silly, unrealistic. This mount has been dramatically improved. It looks more lifelike with its body horizontal, in an attitude of flight. The legs are bent, the creature stands up on its tip toes leaning forward, ready to lunge at its prey. And the tail is not hanging down on the ground like a limp rope. That’s dad’s artistic and realistic approach to mounts.