The Blaschkas’ Sea Creatures: Inspiration and Creation The study of natural history was a popular pastime in the 19th century. Universities, museums, and private collectors sought zoological and botanical specimens for display and study. Leopold Blaschka (1822–1895) and his son, Rudolf Blaschka (1857–1939), created scientifically accurate models in glass that are, at times, indistinguishable from their living counterparts. The materials exhibited here are from the archives of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, which are housed in the Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass. The archives include family photographs, travel books, sketchbooks and notebooks, correspondence and account books, and approximately 1,000 drawings of botanical specimens and marine life.