Tennis Courts Behind SI Building

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Loyal B. Aldrich of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (1908-1955) and Astrophysicist Charles Greeley Abbot (Fifth Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1928-1944) playing tennis behind the Smithsonian Institution Building, next to the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, in the South Yard. The National Air Museum temporary metal building is in the background.


  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Aldrich, Loyal Blaine 1884-1965
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • South Yard
  • National Air Museum (U.S.)


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There are several candids of Abbot and SAO staff playing tennis in this location.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7005, Box 186, Folder: 5

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



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ID Number

15277-A or MAH-15277A

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Color: Black and White; Size: 8.25w x 6.25h; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print

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