W. M. Perrygo working with drying bird skins, 1953

ID: SIA2009-0567 and 5131

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Form/Genre: Person, candid

Date: May 31, 1953

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Alexander Wetmore Papers, RU 7006, Box 179, Folder: Panama 1953

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Image Watson M. Perrygo working with drying bird skins in Soná, Veraguas, Panama. Perrygo, a taxidermist for the United States National Museum, was in Panama on an ornithological field trip with Smithsonian Secretary Alexander Wetmore. Perrygo was working in the patio area of the house he and Wetmore stayed in while in Soná. The bird skins are in boxes on top of tables. The image was taken by Wetmore on May 31, 1953, during an ornithological expedition to Panama.


  • Perrygo, Watson M. 1906-1984
  • United States National Museum
  • Taxidermist (USNM)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Image contained in photo album prepared by Alexander Wetmore of his trip to Panama. Wetmore Neg. #5131

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Alexander Wetmore Papers, RU 7006, Box 179, Folder: Panama 1953

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


May 31, 1953

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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Animals
  • Houses
  • Architecture
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Specimens
  • Birds
  • Employees
  • Collection and preservation
  • Naturalists
  • Ornithologists
  • Buildings--Panama
  • Ornithology
  • Birds--Collection and preservation
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Panama
  • Soná, Veraguas (Panama)


  • Person, candid
  • Photographic print

ID Number

SIA2009-0567 and 5131

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 4.5w x 4.5h; Type of Image:Person, Candid; Medium: Photographic print

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