Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bridging out to the community

If anyone doubt the laws of attraction, behold: the pull exerted by a rapidly growing collection of material is strong enough to extend beyond state lines and institutional walls, and into that vortex has fallen the dental collection of Daniel Walter Matsenbaugh (1921-2009).

Matsenbaugh was born in Oklahoma City, OK, in 1921, and served with the 8th Air Force in World War II. Taking advantage of the GI Bill to further his education, he studied to become a dental technician. He worked with the Heritage Dental Laboratory and Gene Hall Dental Laboratory, both in Oklahoma, before retiring in 1986. In 1991, he moved to Bremerton,WA, home of his son Paul who brought us the collection.

Matsenbaugh was a bridge and crown man, and the two-box donation includes various amalgams and foils, forms and color samples, a porcelain oven (much smaller than the one we brought up from the dental school a few months back), and a complete set of S.S. White New Century Steel Tooth Forms (shown below).

This collection is a nice complement to the (primarily) teaching and research materials we're taking in from the School of Dentistry, and a good representation of materials used by a private lab operating at mid-century.

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