Comedian Mark Russell Comes to SI

ID: 84-10778-23

Creator: Ploskonka, Jeffrey

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1984

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4

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'Comedian Mark Russell was at the Smithsonian in September filming a special program -- 'Mark Russell Explores Washington, D.C.' -- for public television. (It was due to air in April 1985.) Russell was filmed behind the scenes in the National Museum of Natural History's Entomology Department and in the Arts and Industries Building. During filming with a statue of a camel positioned near a Gatling gun in the Centennial exhibition, Russell called the gun the "MX missile of the Rutherford Hayes administration."


  • Russell, Mark 1932-
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Arts and Industries Building


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Featured in TORCH, October 1984

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4

Contact information

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



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  • Celebrities
  • Public television
  • Celebrities and Dignitaries
  • Entomology
  • Motion pictures


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

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Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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