Frank A. Taylor Working on a Press

ID: SIA2010-0496 and Neg. # 83-2073

Creator: Underwood and Underwood, Washington

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1920s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 22A, Folder: 52

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Shortly after he was hired as a Laboratory Apprentice in the Division of Mechanical Technology in the United States National Museum in 1922, Frank A. Taylor works on a large press from the collections . He is working in the United States National Museum, now known as the Arts & Industries Building. Suspended from the ceiling, the nose of a plane with Texaco name and star and one wing can be seen on the right .


  • Taylor, Frank A (Frank Augustus) 1903-2007
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • United States National Museum
  • United States National Museum Division of Mechanical Technology


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • A note on the back of the image reads: "The original of this image is in the possession of Frank Taylor's daughter April 1983."
  • Taylor came to work at the Smithsonian after he graduated from high school and advanced to Museum Aid in 1925, Curator in 1929, Director of the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, in 1958, and Director-General of Museums in 1968 before his retirement in 1971.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 22A, Folder: 52

Contact information

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



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  • Printing
  • Airplanes
  • Artifacts
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • National Collections
  • Museum curators
  • Museum directors
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Printing presses


Washington (D.C.)


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

SIA2010-0496 and Neg. # 83-2073

Physical description

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

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