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Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Photographs by George Elliott

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Holiday Vol. 42, 2 (Journal)

Contact information

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


August 1967


  • Smithsonian Institution
  • SI, Early History
  • National Collections
  • Photographs
  • Research

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pp. 45-48, 97-98

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