The Museum of Insurance
September 22, 2011 10:22 AM   Subscribe

There's some fascinating engraving and illustration to be seen at the Museum of Insurance. (Better than watching paint dry. Seriously)
posted by OmieWise (9 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Better than watching paint dry.

That's a ringing endorsement if I've ever seen one!

(Seriously though, looks pretty cool. Even if, unsurprisingly, it's hosted by an insurance company.)
posted by kmz at 10:36 AM on September 22, 2011

Museum of Insurance

I know what each of those words means, but I don't think I've ever seen them in that order before.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:39 AM on September 22, 2011 [1 favorite]

I can't take much of this stuff without some strong, fortifying James Lileks snark.
posted by theodolite at 10:40 AM on September 22, 2011 [1 favorite]

Better than watching paint dry.

yeah insurance can be pretty boring, but personally I've always found the Lloyd's of London origin story pretty interesting.
posted by Hoopo at 10:55 AM on September 22, 2011

You know, insurance folks are typically quite interested in history; insurance companies tend to have a strong sense of history; and at least until 50 years ago (and maybe still today, I don't know) there was a strong sense of fraternity among insurance professionals like actuaries. Partly that may be because insurance people think about long cycles — things like, what's your life expectancy, what are the odds of this building burning down, where's the 100-year flood zone, what's the 500-year earthquake risk? To understand a lot of those things you have to dig into historical data. And, insurance companies tend to keep very long-term records. That's because sometimes, your ability to make a claim can far outlive the premium period, especially under umbrella liability coverage.
posted by beagle at 12:35 PM on September 22, 2011

Yes, I was making a not very good joke. I actually think it's a fascinating site, or I would not have posted it.
posted by OmieWise at 12:44 PM on September 22, 2011

Great, now I've got the Crimson Permanent Assurance bit running through my head.
posted by xedrik at 1:02 PM on September 22, 2011 [1 favorite]

Watching paint dry - it's actually fascinating.

And the Lileks snark? It's lovingly done.
posted by chavenet at 1:36 PM on September 22, 2011

beagle - absolutely. If any wants some further links check out which was setup to celebrate the 300th anniverary of the Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company here in the UK. Underwriting since 1710!

ps I am not an RSA employee - infact they are a competitor - but I am a history appreciating Underwriter.
posted by numberstation at 1:41 PM on September 22, 2011

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