Installation View of Smithsonian Photography Exhibition, c. 1913

ID: SIA RU000095 [SIA2012-2610]

Creator: Smillie, T. W (Thomas William) 1843-1917

Form/Genre: Photographs

Date: 1913


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This image of a photography exhibition is an example of the day-to-day documentation of Smithsonian life and work that curator Thomas Smillie and his staff regularly performed. Smillie used blue cyanotypes like this one to keep track of the glass-plate negatives his staff made, in part because the medium presented a quick and inexpensive way to create photographic prints. The bulky glass negatives were numbered and filed, and a corresponding blueprint catalogue was kept to help readily locate them.


Also known as RU95_Box76_18664 [SPI_295]

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1913
  • c 1913

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  • Photography
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  • Landscapes
  • Still lifes
  • Inventions
  • Cameras
  • Exhibitions
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  • History
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  • United States--History


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SIA RU000095 [SIA2012-2610]

Physical description

Cyanotype 8.58h x 10.75w

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