The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Case Closed on Bird Stein Gans
In a post by Smithsonian Institution archivist Tammy Peters, she challenged us to help her identify a few of the women in the women scientists group we posted on the Flickr Commons. We received some great leads, including one from Flickr user Carolyn, aka 'vintage pix'. To correctly identify social scientist Bird Stein Gans (SI Archives had identified as Mrs. Howard S. Gaus based on some handwriting on the photo), Carolyn overlaid a passport application photo from The National Archives with the Smithsonian portrait to see how their faces compare.
Although not pretty, I'm impressed by her photoshop detective work! And thanks to Carolyn, "The Case of the Mis-identified Mrs. Howard S. Gaus" is closed.