The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
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Named after the two-year-old daughter of soon to be President John F. Kennedy, the Caroline began its service as the Kennedy family airplane in 1959. The twin engine Convair CV-240 was one of the first planes with cabin pressurization that was manufactured for commercial use after World War II and also holds the honor of being the first private aircraft used during a United States presidential campaign, dramatically changing the future of political campaigning. Caroline served the Kennedy family for nine years and 650,000 miles, ending her run at Washington National Airport where she was donated to the Smithsonian Institution on November 17, 1967. Senator Robert F. Kennedy presented the plane to Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley and was accompanied by brother Edward M. Kennedy and other members of the Kennedy clan. The Caroline is currently in storage at the National Air and Space Museum’s Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility. Click through the slideshow below to see images from the presentation of the Caroline to the Smithsonian.
On July 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon announced that he would travel to the People’s Republic of China in an effort to improve diplomatic relations with the previously unrecognized government, the most adorable result of which was the gifting of giant pandas Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling to the National Zoological Park. We’ve told this tale before in The Bigger Picture blog post "Panda-monium!" but have prepared a slide show of the events surrounding their arrival as well as a few pictures of the cubs settling in to their new digs. See below to check out First Lady Patricia Nixon welcoming the pandas to their new home, visiting Chinese zoologists touring Smithsonian museums, and of course the stars of the show, Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling being their precious panda selves.
- Panda-monium!, The Bigger Picture blog, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Accession 11-009 - Smithsonian Photographic Services, Photographic Collection, 1971-2006, Smithsonian Institution Archives
It is the season of 90 degree days, the Folklife Festival, ice cream trucks, and the sound of the Smithsonian carousel playing its fun house music in the distance. As someone who has to commute to and from work by bicycle through the legions of tourist buses, crowds of umbrellas, and FBI paraphernalia, I try to replace my slight annoyance in being delayed by remembering that many memories are being made right before my eyes. This Flickr Set brings that to life for me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Today we honor our military veterans, those who have served and those still serving, those we have lost and those still missing. To our heroes past and present we extend our gratitude for your service, bravery, and strength. In recognition of Veterans Day, we would like to share with you this selection of images taken during the weekend of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC in November 1982.
If you happen to follow the Smithsonian’s Flickr Commons stream very closely, you may have noticed that two new sets of photos were uploaded last week: a set from thePacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, as well as a set of Field Book Lantern Slides.
While the name may sound dry, the biological survey photos, as you can see above, are full of strikingly beautiful gems—abstract patterns of frigates fluttering across the horizon off the coast of the Phoenix Islands, and elegantly curved bird profiles. The photos document a biological survey of plants and animals of the Pacific completed by Smithsonian employees during the 1960s and 70s.
And the Field Book Lantern slides above are a series of image slides used by researchers to present their work to colleagues and the general public. They include some especially colorful slides documenting the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition 1909 (and the “specimens” they collected), as well as an incredible series of early 20th century slides of the preparation and installation of dinosaur specimens and other mammals from the Smithsonian’s Division of Vertebrate Paleontology.
Both sets of photos come from our collections at the Archives, and are a part of the the Field Book Project—a joint venture of the National Museum of Natural History and us, the Smithsonian Institution Archives—to create one online location for scholars and others to search for field books and other field research materials. Summer interns for the Field Book Project curated both sets and write in detail about their content on the Field Book Blog. Read more in their post, “On Land and at Sea: Two Intern Flickr Sets on The Commons.” You can follow the progress of the project on the Field Book blog.
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