Cart Pulling Plate Glass to the Natural History Building

ID: SIA2009-1788

Creator: Leet Brothers, Washington DC

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: circa 1910

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Box 104, Folder: Natural History Building, 1912

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Laborers driving a horse-driven cart filled with plate glass from the E. J. Murphy Co. on a cobblestone road. The glass will be installed in the nearly completed Natural History Building. Five men stand around the plate glass, while another sits at in the driver's seat of the cart. A car can be seen to the right of the glass. The Washington Monument is in the background of the image. Another horse and cart and a row house can be seen to the right of the image. A set of tracks are to the left of the image. The new United States National Museum, now known as the National Museum of Natural History, opened on March 17, 1910, housing the Smithsonian Institution's natural history, art, culture, and history collections.


  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building
  • E. J. Murphy Co


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


For more images of the plate glass installation at the Natural History Building, see SIA2009-1783 through SIA2009-1789.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Box 104, Folder: Natural History Building, 1912

Contact information

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


circa 1910

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  • Animals
  • Personnel management
  • Horses
  • Employees
  • Construction (Buildings)
  • Carriages and carts
  • Washington Monument (Washington, D.C.)


Washington Monument (Washington, D.C.)


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

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Physical description

Number of Images: 1 Color: Sepia ; Size: 9.5w x 7.5h ; Type of Image: Exterior ; Medium: Photographic print

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