Envelope with Neoregelia carolinae Stamps

ID: SIA RU000371 [96-928]

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1977

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: December 1977, Image No. 96-928

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Summary

Caption from Torch: "Imagine the surprise of MNH Botanist Emeritus Lyman Smith when, clearing his in-box one November day, he took out the correspondence pictured above. It was his name that appeared on the first-day cover of a beautiful bromeliad which Smith reclassified in 1939. He was unaware that Brazil planned to issue the 1.30 cruzeiro stamp. The plant was originally identified and named by Beer in 1857, but Smith corrected the genus and renamed the plant Neoregelia carolinae. Although the Latin names of plants have appeared on stamps before, this is the first time the scientists' names have been printed. Below the image are the stamp designer and engraving office."

Subject

  • Smith, Lyman B
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Botany
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs

Notes

Featured in the "Torch," December 1977.

Cite as

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: December 1977, Image No. 96-928

Repository Loc.

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

Date

1977

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  • No Known Copyright

Topic

  • Postage stamps
  • Plants
  • Envelopes (Stationery)
  • Stamped envelopes
  • Botany

Place

Brazil

Form/Genre

Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RU000371 [96-928]

Physical description

Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;

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