Snail

Snail

Snail

Gastropoda
Zoologische Wandtafeln
Drawn and edited by Paul Pfurtscheller (1855-1927)
Wein
Carleton College Biology Department

This elegant wall chart combines a number of views of a snail in a simple but informative chart. The large image in the center is a cut-away view of the overall structure of the snail. Fig. 3 diagrams the intestinal system and Fig. 4 the nervous system.

This chart comes from a series of zoological charts by Paul Pfurtscheller, a high-school teacher, biologist, and one of the early producers of wall charts. All of Pfurtscheller’s charts exhibit similar visual qualities: one large image of the whole animal surrounded by a few, carefully chosen and economically illustrated details of the anatomy. Otto Schmeil wrote about Pfurtscheller’s charts, “In my opinion, they are the most artistically accomplished wallcharts that have appeared so far.”