This is a site dedicated to examination of that great 20th Century innovation, the RUBBER DINOSAUR. We have photos of relevant specimens from my collections, information on same, some minor essays, and a few pictorial digressions.

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Allosaurus from Louis Marx, circa 1955,
approx. scale 1:90
Safari's second version of Allosaurus for the
Carnegie series, scale 1:40

Sheeesh, who wants to bother with this stuff?

I'll just let A Conan Doyle handle that, with this little prefatory item from his 1912 dino-romance The Lost World -

I have wrought my simple plan
If I give one hour of joy
To the boy who's half a man
Or the man who's half a boy
(Online versions seem to delete this ode, but all the dead-tree versions I own have it ..... "And what do you make of that, above us to the right?" Challenger asked. "It is surely a 1958 Pyramid paperback, with a cover painting by Ray Sternbergh," said Summerlee. "That's it," said Lord John. "And the odds are that that's a 1963 edition, at left.")

And I imagine that if A Conan had consulted with his contemporary, Herbert George Wells, he might have found a way to stretch that to include "that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books" (Little Wars, 1913).

In keeping with the family motto, EVERYTHING TO EXCESS, I dedicate this site to ...

Edward Drinker Cope

Othniel Charles Marsh
... two men who really knew how to enjoy dino-collecting. We pale wraiths of today have to do our poor best with ersatz ones. So, in that spirit, onward ....

Site History Early October 2002
           Site first posted on Tripod
                      .... and submitted to Google and AltaVista

Early January 2003
           AltaVista finally notices it
                      .... but Google hasn't found it yet

Mid-January 2003
           AllTheWeb has it
           and Lycos
                      ... but still no sign of life from Google

Late March 2003
           Google finally has all pages well indexed ....
           .... as does Lycos ....
           .... although AltaVista doesn't seem to have my individual
                      pages as well indexed as the other engines

                     Read the tedious search-engine details

April 24, 2003
           Most of the Battat pages are up.
           The Carnegie intro page is up but the rest of the Carnegie
                      pages are still under construction.

April 30, 2003
           Changes to Battat section ....
                     .... main page now split into four
                     .... added material on scale

February 2004
           A long hiatus, now ended, whilst I attended to less-important matters.
           Moved site to ProHosting. Tripod is a good reliable host but their banner
                      and popup ads have reached oppressive levels.

October 2004
           Added mirror at as ProHosting is getting
                      hard to reach via FTP
           Added dedication (D'oh! I can't believe I forgot that for so long ...)
           Added list of useful references

December 2004
           Finally got off my wallet and bought a real domain name and paid for a real
                      host. After studying the market for months, I went with
                      It's a tiny outfit, two brothers working out of Mysore, India. Their two
                      servers are at ThePlanet in Texas. Service has so far been exemplary and
                      their rates are embarrassingly low. I bought my domain name from them,
                      too. Web e-mail, subdomains, web stats, the works. Finally!
           Added some Starlux pages.

January 2005
           Deleted ProHosting and 1AccessHost mirrors. Let's see how long it takes
                      Google to realize that they're not there anymore.

March 2005
  has sold out to AcuNett. That sort of activity usually
                      portends no good. I predict trouble in the offing.

October 2005
           Moved all my sites to - everything's good so far.

July 2006
           Unlimited-Hosting did a major-league crash & burn. The site's now up on
                      a new account at Everything at Unlimited may
                      be gone - well, so much for those e-mails I hadn't answered yet.

           The big news for 2010 is that I managed to lose the
                      domain. Just forgot to renew it. What a dumbnuts. So I bought another
                      domain,, and pointed it to my old files. Voila,
                      problem solved. Still pretty embarrassing, though.

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photos appear on this site thanks to the evil spirits inside -
Sony CyberShot DSC-S50
Canon PowerShot A200
Regrettably, both of these fine instruments have been discontinued. Sic transit ....

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