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Smithsonian Logo 1966 Mock-up, by Smithsonian Institution, 1966, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2012-3166.

June 3, 1966

A new Smithsonian seal is approved, in the form of the sun with alternating straight and wavy rays representing heat and light -- "The Sun in His Splendor." It bears the inscription: "Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C." The seal was designed at the request of Secretary S. Dillon Ripley to coincide with the bicentennial of James Smithson's birth.More

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