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My love for antique prints stems from the time I spent at the Kristineberg Marine Station in Sweden where I was working as a marine biologist. In my free time I sat in the research library, pouring over 18th and 19th century scientific illustrations. After my stint as a marine biologist, I spent five years teaching high school physics and biology. I used contemporary scientific illustrations in my classroom, and continued to add to my collection of antique prints and rare books. At some point I decided to pursue print dealing, and turned my passion into a full time profession. I’ve been collecting, researching, and selling for ten years now, and don’t plan to stop anytime soon. I’m still intrigued by the beauty of the illustrations from the naturalists of the 19th century, and hope that you enjoy these time capsules as much as I do.

Mission: Our Mission is to bring back the beauty of the past by providing a vast variety of different antique prints. We believe that antique prints are a wonderful way to portray the different faces of nature and we want to share that with you.

130 years ago and tomorrow!
20/08/2017

130 years ago and tomorrow!

The eclipse is about to start!
Here's a gorgeous lithograph of a solar eclipse, as well as a wonderful map charting the progress of the shadow of the moon during an eclipse in Europe in 1887.
Remember: do NOT look directly at the sun, because you'll damage your eyes too much to enjoy art anymore! Stay tuned for our updates and photos instead!

It happens again - on the other side of the globe
20/08/2017

It happens again - on the other side of the globe

Today in Berlin - some eclipse lovers

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27/12/2016

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Dear friends,we hope you had a wonderful christmas
27/12/2016
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Dear friends,

we hope you had a wonderful christmas

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05/12/2016

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Summer
25/07/2016

Summer

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14/07/2016

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14/07/2016

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Too hot? These wonderful prints will cool you down!
12/07/2016

Too hot? These wonderful prints will cool you down!

These great jungle themed, original lithographs are new in at DiscoverPrints.com this weekend. The sloth, fireflies and ...
12/03/2016

These great jungle themed, original lithographs are new in at DiscoverPrints.com this weekend. The sloth, fireflies and parrots are just three images from the series dating to 1888, so come by to check out what other exotic pieces we have to offer!

Come one, come all!
02/02/2016

Come one, come all!

DiscoverPrints is displaying its beautiful prints on this cool Christmas market Holy Sh*t Shopping in an old factory bui...
12/12/2015

DiscoverPrints is displaying its beautiful prints on this cool Christmas market Holy Sh*t Shopping in an old factory building in the heart of Berlin.

Come by! - Saturday and Sunday (12/12 - 12/13)

A big thank you to all who came to our opening! We had such a good time that we might even have a closing party. Rebekka...
10/12/2015

A big thank you to all who came to our opening! We had such a good time that we might even have a closing party. Rebekka's art will be on display through December, so you've still got time to come and see it.

Here's a sneak peek at another piece by Rebekka Federle that we'll be exhibiting on Friday...
29/11/2015

Here's a sneak peek at another piece by Rebekka Federle that we'll be exhibiting on Friday...

Howdy! In case there is any confusion, I'd like to clear one thing up... If I'm working, you can always bring your dog t...
03/07/2015

Howdy! In case there is any confusion, I'd like to clear one thing up... If I'm working, you can always bring your dog to the booth and let me hang out with it while you browse our prints (or if you want to let me have your dog altogether that's fine too).
I had a lovely time with this pup at Bergmannstr Festival last weekend, thanks to everyone that visited!

See you tomorrow at Kollwitz, and Sunday at Arkona and Mauerpark!

27/06/2015

Hey friends, come visit us at Bergmannstraße Fest today and tomorrow! The booth is at the corner of Nositzstr and Bergmannstr, and we've got a really lovely collection with us.
See you there!

Here’s another What The Heck for your Wednesday! We sell a lot of prints of animals which I’m not convinced actually exi...
17/06/2015

Here’s another What The Heck for your Wednesday!
We sell a lot of prints of animals which I’m not convinced actually exist… A prime example is the lovely Anthomedusae. The Anthomedusae (illustrated here by the venerable Ernst Haeckel), is a marine invertebrate in the order of Hydrozoa (a group of mostly salt-water dwelling small predatory animals, sometimes individual, but often colonial), closely related to the wonderful Siphonophorae. Getting too deep into the classification of these sorts of creatures usually sets my head spinning, so I’ll keep it short and let the print speak for itself.

http://tinyurl.com/o6rbrdz

I grew up in a place where it was actually hot by mid-June, and so I'm a bit annoyed by the wishy-washy chilly summers h...
15/06/2015

I grew up in a place where it was actually hot by mid-June, and so I'm a bit annoyed by the wishy-washy chilly summers here in Berlin. Here's a little collection I've put together to try to trick myself into feeling like it's hot out. Enjoy!

http://tinyurl.com/oe2b4of

Don't forget to visit us this weekend!
06/06/2015

Don't forget to visit us this weekend!

Here's a pretty little set of prints to brighten your day!Find these prints and more over at our Etsy shop (www.etsy.com...
05/06/2015

Here's a pretty little set of prints to brighten your day!

Find these prints and more over at our Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shopdiscoverprints), or pick some up in person when you visit us at Arkonaplatz, Mauerpark, or Kollwitzplatz!

http://tinyurl.com/od9g8ss

If you're having a tough day, just take a deep breath and remember that you're not a sailor on a sinking ship surrounded...
04/06/2015

If you're having a tough day, just take a deep breath and remember that you're not a sailor on a sinking ship surrounded by Blue Sharks... Or if you're the proactive type, maybe imagine instead that you're the shark in the scenario.
Whichever way you decide to go, this absurd print can help!
http://tinyurl.com/o5au8mr

Here are a couple of Blue Shark facts to distract you from whatever you're doing: The Blue Shark lives in temperate and tropical waters all over the world, birthing liters of live pups, often more than 100 at once, and traveling extensively across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The female has skin approximately 3x thicker than her male counterpart, as the smaller males have to bite the females for grip so they aren’t shaken off during mating. These pretty animals don’t fair well in captivity, often dying after only a month or so, and it is estimated that each year up to 20 million of them are killed as a result of fishing, placing them on the “threatened” list... The sharks are hunted by California sea lions and larger sharks, while they prefer to eat smaller invertebrates such as squid, lobster, crabs, as well as a large number of smaller bony fish.

Back in the day, naturalists didn't really have much by way of reference for drawing whales, and had to refer to beached...
03/06/2015

Back in the day, naturalists didn't really have much by way of reference for drawing whales, and had to refer to beached specimens and the tall tales of fisherman. This resulted in some extremely goofy looking animals. Behold the magnificent Bowhead, Humpback, and Sperm Whales! Bloated by gasses when washed ashore, these poor Cetacea got drawn from their worst angle. The only one who seems to be having an okay time is the Dolphin in the bottom right corner, who sort of looks like he's just hanging out on the beach with some friends. Happy Hump Day, friends!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/232725506/beached-whales-and-dolphin-antique?ref=shop_home_active_3&ga_search_query=whale

And now to DiscoverPrints for the weather forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday:Find the print here! http://tinyurl.com/pej...
02/06/2015

And now to DiscoverPrints for the weather forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday:

Find the print here! http://tinyurl.com/pejba5a

Poppies are starting to pop up in the fields outside of the city, so we know that summer isn't far off. The loveliest he...
01/06/2015

Poppies are starting to pop up in the fields outside of the city, so we know that summer isn't far off. The loveliest herald of sunny days to come grow like weeds along train tracks and field margins, fairing best in the disturbed soil and leftover spaces. Once picked, however, the blooms never last, and the tissue-paper petals drop off one by one before the day is over.
Though it's silly to try to replicate the color and delicacy of these flowers, we do our best here at Discover Prints. Take a look at our lovely reproduction prints and keep summer close with these gorgeous images.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/192772016/poppy-school-chart-vintage-botanical?ref=shop_home_feat_1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/220388447/fresh-poppy-flower-art-print-botanical?ref=shop_home_active_3&ga_search_query=poppy

https://www.etsy.com/listing/220379752/white-poppy-flower-art-print-botanical?ref=shop_home_active_5&ga_search_query=poppy

Don't forget to visit us this weekend!
29/05/2015

Don't forget to visit us this weekend!

Is there anything lovelier than having fresh flowers in the house? I find myself filling my little studio with blooms fr...
12/05/2015

Is there anything lovelier than having fresh flowers in the house? I find myself filling my little studio with blooms freshly gathered from overgrown parks or bought at the weekend markets here in Berlin. The only trouble with flowers is that they eventually wilt, and your once cheery sentiment becomes a bit of a bummer...
Luckily, we've got a pretty large selection of flower prints that won't succumb to all that, so treat yourself or your sweetheart to something sweet from our collection.

Just visit our shop at www.etsy.com/shop/discoverprints and search for "flower" in the search bar.

Lovely Luna sent these images of her (constantly growing) collection of prints! I'm a bit jealous of that bar/library se...
11/05/2015

Lovely Luna sent these images of her (constantly growing) collection of prints! I'm a bit jealous of that bar/library setup she's got going on... Thanks for the submission, Luna!

Another customer submission! Claire and Neil hung this lovely fruit blossom chart in their guest room. I'd like to remin...
09/05/2015

Another customer submission! Claire and Neil hung this lovely fruit blossom chart in their guest room.
I'd like to remind all of you that we love receiving photos of our prints once they're reached your home!
If you send along some snaps and we select them to be shared on our page, we'll be happy to give you a little discount on your next purchase!
And remember: when in doubt, photograph the cat.

In the summers in Chicago, the trees come to life with beautiful humming cicadas. When I was young, I thought the high r...
27/04/2015

In the summers in Chicago, the trees come to life with beautiful humming cicadas. When I was young, I thought the high ringing was the electricity in the power lines buzzing from house to house. We would collect the fat brown bugs and set them on the window screen to hatch, and the dry husks that they shed in their transformation littered the sidewalks. Every 17 years, we get the 17-year-Cicadas, and in certain neighborhoods the insects are as abundant on the streets and porches as leaves are in the fall. In the South, they’ve got 13-year cicadas. The newspapers run special notices to remind people that it’s okay if your dog or toddler eats one or two while you aren’t looking, and that people all over the world eat bugs and why shouldn’t we. I don’t know that I could eat one, not because of any sort of gross-out factor, but just because I think they’re so beautiful – with their stained-glass wings and singing. Between their two obvious protruding eyeballs, they posses three smaller eyes, called ocelli, which are arranged in a triangle. Scientists believe that the 17-year cicadas emerge in such large groups (up to 1 million per acre) as a way to overwhelm their predators, who can’t possibly eat all of them, leaving plenty from the brood to mate. When they die, they still retain the jewel-like quality they had as they lazily buzzed around at the end of the summer.

Look at this lovely, unlikely duo. Don't the tentacles of this pretty Jellyfish and the stars in the Milky Way pair nice...
25/04/2015

Look at this lovely, unlikely duo. Don't the tentacles of this pretty Jellyfish and the stars in the Milky Way pair nicely together in these subtle, nearly abstract images? The least alike objects can pair so nicely together, can't they?
Find both of these images as reproductions at www.etsy.com/shop/discoverprints or originals at our market booths every weekend!

Here's a pretty little set of prints to bring some order to your thursday. We've got gridded diamonds, different sides o...
23/04/2015

Here's a pretty little set of prints to bring some order to your thursday. We've got gridded diamonds, different sides of Jupiter, middle european songbird eggs, and some Haeckel Blastoidea fossils. A nice gift set for the disorganized science buff in your life!
If ever you'd need some assistance putting together a collection, don't hesitate to ask! We've got a the know-how, and the knowledge of our archives to help you out.
www.etsy.com/shop/discoverprints

Friends! The weather is going to be super warm this weekend, so get on your bicycle and go to a BBQ! Here's a little sel...
22/04/2015

Friends! The weather is going to be super warm this weekend, so get on your bicycle and go to a BBQ! Here's a little selection of prints that can serve as picnic inspiration... Dig in, and don't forget to visit us at Kollwitzplatz on Saturday, Arkonaplatz and Mauerpark on Sunday! If you choose to spend the day basking in the sun, don't worry, you can order these lovely reproduction prints online.

Here’s your weekly What The Heck Is That? Today’s strange thing is: a plague of locusts about to devastate crops in form...
21/04/2015

Here’s your weekly What The Heck Is That? Today’s strange thing is: a plague of locusts about to devastate crops in former German East Africa!
For some reason, I always thought that swarms of locusts were a biblical myth, and didn’t think too much of them until now. Turns out, “locust” is just the name we give to a type of regular ol’ short-horned grasshopper when it forms into swarms like this. When heavy rains follow a drought, the land turns green again, and the conditions are just right, these otherwise solitary grasshoppers undergo a hormonal fluctuation in which their serotonin levels cause a morphological change. This change includes a dramatic color difference – the bugs turn from pale green to yellow and black – they become much hungrier, and they want to spend more time breeding. This behavior sounds not unlike the change young Berliners go through when the sun finally comes back in the spring…
Swarms like this are tough to control, and have caused huge economic problems as they destroy crops. This excellent photo I’ve included shows a young Palestinian man with a flamethrower circa 1915, a none-too subtle way to address the problem! The third photo shows a friend and I about to do our part for locust population control here in Berlin at the Vietnamese food fair in Charlottenburg. When fried up, they taste a bit like popcorn!
We've got some lovely insect prints here at Discover Prints, as well as a few different images of swarming locusts. This one is available online at https://www.etsy.com/listing/230110737/locust-swarm-antique-lithograph-1913?ref=shop_home_active_7 To find the others you'll have to swing by the market and dig through our crates!

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17/04/2015

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I’ve always been a bit fascinated with bats, and have spent many an hour on summer nights tossing grapes and cherry pits...
17/04/2015

I’ve always been a bit fascinated with bats, and have spent many an hour on summer nights tossing grapes and cherry pits into the sky to watch them swoop down to investigate what their sonar must have told them would be a fat tasty bug. We here at Discover Prints have a number of bat prints, ranging from cute vintage school charts, to slightly scary antique Ernst Haeckel scientific/artistic illustrations, to nice little images of different types of bats in flight and at rest that we offer at our market stands. Before you head over to www.etsy.com/shop/discoverprints (or swing by our booth at Kollwitzplatz, Mauerpark, Arkonaplatz, or Maybachufer) to pick something up for the Chiropteraphile in your life, learn up with these handy bat facts! (If you knew some already, you’d know that I made a bad little pun there—The Latin name for bat, Chiroptera, is composed of “chiro,” meaning “hand” and “ptera”, which indicates a winged organism.)

•The German word for bat is “fledermaus” or “flutter mouse” which, from a taxonomical perspective, is woefully misinformed, as bats aren’t related to rodents in the least. ("Vledern" being Middle High German for flutter, "maus" for mouse.)

•Vampire bats were named for the European legend, and not the other way around. European explorers in South America observed the strange feeding habits of these animals and named them after their myth; vampire bats don’t even exist in Europe!

•In North America, the number of bats that carry rabies is a small fraction of a percent, so there isn’t as large a risk of contracting the virus as you’ve probably heard. In South America, however, the risk of contracting rabies from bats is much higher, but mostly if you’re a head of cattle… Vampire bats caused huge economic problems to cattle farmers in the 1960s, as they would infect the livestock that they fed from.

•Some of the bats which are shown in the Ernst Haeckel illustration I've attached, have a little flap above their noses which helps to direct their echolocation, this little flap is called a "nose leaf" and they have a wildly varied family called the New World leaf-nosed bats.

•There is a species of bat called "Hairy Little Fruit Bat" and I just think that's the cutest name there is.

While you try to think of some more interesting bat facts to add, why don't you have a peek at our collection?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/228286992/haeckel-bats-lithograph-antique-print?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=bat

https://www.etsy.com/listing/171110491/vintage-forest-animals-school-chart?ref=shop_home_active_2&ga_search_query=bat

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