Armagedón Hartmann and Vicente Alvarez

ID: SIA2009-4259 or Wetmore 6030

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: January 11, 1956

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Alexander Wetmore Papers, Record Unit 7006, Box: 183, Folder Album: Panama and Coiba, 1956

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Summary

  • Armagedón (Gedón) Hartmann (left) and Vicente Alvarez (right) on Catival, Coiba Island, Panama on January 11, 1956. The two men were both members of Wetmore's scientific expedition in the region. Alvarez is holding a bird specimen. Hartmann is holding a firearm, and Alvarez has a firearm leaning against a tree. Both are dressed in field garb. In the upper right hand corner there are two animals ranging. The Panamanian landscape, including palm trees and mountains, can be seen in the background.
  • When Wetmore made his trips to Panama, he always requested Ratibor Hartmann to be his assistant. Ratibor Hartmann was the eldest son of Alois Hartmann, who had helped on medical and naturalists' expeditions because of his knowledge of the area and Panamanian archeology to explore the jungles of the Western Highlands of Chiriquí. Ratibor took over from his father leading expeditions from the Gorgas Memorial Institute, where he worked, and several United States academic institutions in the field. Ratibor and his brother Armagedón (Gedón) Hartmann accompanied Wetmore on many of his expeditions.
  • The image was taken by Smithsonian Secretary and ornithologist Alexander Wetmore while on a scientific expedition in Panama and to Coiba Island and is contained in a photo album prepared by Wetmore.
  • From 1919 to 1991, Coiba Island was a penal colony. Fear of the prison and its inmates deterred visitors from the island. As such, about 80% of the natural areas on the island remain undisturbed. The island is also host to many endemic species. Both of these factors made the island ideal for Wetmore's scientific expedition. The officers and convicts pictured in Wetmore's images from the expedition were part of the penal colony. Some even worked as laborers for the expedition. Today, the island is no longer a penal colony. Instead, it is one of 38 islands composing Coiba National Park, a World Heritage Site.

Subject

  • Alvarez, Vicente
  • Hartmann, Armagedón

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Image contained in a photo album prepared by Alexander Wetmore of his trip to Panama and Coiba Island. Wetmore Neg. # 6030. For more images of Vicente Alvarez, see negative numbers SIA2009-4256, SIA2009-4260, SIA2009-4272, SIA2009-4285, SIA2009-4286, and SIA2009-4290. For another image of Armagedón Hartmann, see negative number SIA2009-4270.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Alexander Wetmore Papers, Record Unit 7006, Box: 183, Folder Album: Panama and Coiba, 1956

Contact information

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

Date

January 11, 1956

Restrictions & Rights

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Topic

  • Scientific expeditions
  • Animals
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Specimens
  • Birds
  • Field work
  • School field trips
  • Firearms
  • Islands
  • Natural areas
  • Field trips
  • Ornithology--Field work
  • Ornithology
  • Panamanians

Place

  • Coiba Island
  • Veraguas
  • Catival
  • Panama
  • Coiba Island (Panama)
  • Montijo District

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

ID Number

SIA2009-4259 or Wetmore 6030

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 4.75w x 4.5h; Type of Image: Group, Candid; Medium: Photographic print

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