- Country: India
- Source: Bodin Collection
- Approx. Date: Late 1800s
- Photographer: Unknown
Two daring men are seen handling venomous cobras while conducting research at the Pasteur Institute of India. Their years of experience and dedication have greatly aided these men, as they are able to hold the snakes with only their bare hands and handle them with extreme care. Perhaps they are trying to extract venom from the snakes for the sake of developing an anecdote at the institute. Placed throughout the area are several white domes that are used to house the cobras.
Founded in 1907, Pasteur Institute of India is one of the country's leading centers for the research and production of anti-rabies vaccines. The institute was named after a famous French Inventor and Scientist, Louis Pasteur, who developed the first vaccine for anthrax and rabies. His knowledge also led him to discover the process of pasteurization, a means of destroying bacteria by applying heat at high temperatures.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.