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Article is a commentary from Thomas W. Smillie, the first official photographer of the Smithsonian Institution, expressing his opinion on the possible coming of color photography. Smillie states that he sees the problems associated with color photography being overcome within the next ten years, and discusses how isochromatic plates made with a new chemical composition are beginning to make inroads into the problem. He explains how color photography would a great help in the National Museum's endeavors to make photographs of sections of rocks to be displayed in the lithological division, and elaborates in detail on the processes necessary to accomplish the desired result at that time without color photography.


  • Smillie, T. W (Thomas William) 1843-1917
  • United States National Museum


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Subtitled "A Problem that Will Be Solved in the Near Future"

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St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Newspaper)

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


November 23, 1890


  • Color photography
  • Photography
  • Photographers
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Photochemistry
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

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