Saturday, April 26, 2008
In 1943, Mrs. Lee was appointed captain in the New Hampshire State Police, the first woman in the United States to hold such a position. Around the same time, she began work on the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death—a series of eighteen miniature crime-scene dioramas for student analysis. The Nutshells allowed Mrs. Lee to combine her lifelong love of dolls, dollhouses, and models with her passion for forensic medicine. She originally presented them to the Harvard Department of Legal Medicine; later they came into the possession of the Maryland Chief Medical Examiner's Office. Erle Stanley Gardner, the writer best known for creating the Perry Mason mysteries, and Mrs. Lee's close friend, wrote that "A person studying these models can learn more about circumstantial evidence in an hour than he could learn in months of abstract study."
|1.||a scene, often in miniature, reproduced in three dimensions by placing objects, figures, etc., in front of a painted background.|
|2.||a life-size display representing a scene from nature, a historical event, or the like, using stuffed wildlife, wax figures, real objects, etc., in front of a painted or photographed background.|
|3.||a spectacular picture, partly translucent, for exhibition through an aperture, made more realistic by various illuminating devices.|
|4.||a building or room, often circular, for exhibiting such a scene or picture, esp. as a continuous unit along or against the walls.|
but most of us think of making scenes in a shoe box, hobby lobby, or the natural history museum when we hear the word diorama.