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Images from left: Common Fern-Shade with Ornamental Stand and Terrarium with Ferns and Ivy, 1870s, from the New York Public Library

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Carnivorous tropical plants in terrariums--more modern glassware for less Victorian look? (though it pains me to describe anything as needing to be "less Victorian")

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A Victorian terrarium invented by London physician, Nathaniel Ward in 1829 to maintain ferns and other delicate plants in the polluted air of his London

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