Medical Ed and Shrunken Heads

” Sylvester” Photo A.M. Moscoso

Back in 2008 I went on a field trip with my friend Julie to the famous “ Ye Old Curiousity Shop ” in Seattle.

By field trip I mean we skipped work and went and hung out down at the pier and goofed off all day.


I’ve been going to the Shoppe for over 50 years and these are two of my favorite exhibits- I should add that Sylvester the Mummy ( pictured above ) is somewhere above ‘my favorite’ but these two have funny stories attached to them.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

My first funny story is about the Shrunken Torso. I saw this for the first time when I was around six years old. I wasn’t scared of it. I was mortified because you could see it’s boobies.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

So this exhibit is my hands down favorite- I wanted to take the Siamese Calves home with me when I saw it for the first time ( again I was around six years old ) and I still do. Back when I was little the Calves were one of the star attractions and they were displayed on the floor,  but they’re up near the ceiling now with these nifty bits and pieces.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

But as I noodled through my pictures from that day I came across  this exhibit and for the life of me I can’t explain why I  had forgotten all about it until now.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

This is Medical Ed and as you can see, he’s pretty cool.

I’m guessing that I forgot about it after I took the pictures in  2009 because it may be ‘new’ and I’m guessing I was thinking ‘ well that’s neat’ and went on to buy my shrunken heads and the candy suckers with scorpions inside of them.

Yeah, it goes without saying my shrunken heads are not real and as the years  wore my cats got to them one by one and they disappeared ( the heads not my cats )

At least.

That’s what I think happened to them.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

 Shrunken Heads on display at the Ye Old Curiosity Shop – as far as I know they’re still there. Just don’t tell  my cats.

Photo A.M. Moscoso