smithsonian, stefani greenwood, graphics

To do today, maybe, just an idea:

Insert first word that comes to mind into the Smithsonian Institutes Archives search engine.


I just did that with the word sky and found an image of the corona of the sun by Thomas William Smillie, dated 1900.

The summary says:

In 1900 the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, then based in Washington, D.C., loaded several railroad cars with scientific equipment and headed to Wadesboro, North Carolina. Scientists had determined that this small town would be the best location in North America for viewing an expected total solar eclipse, and the Smithsonian Solar Eclipse Expedition hoped to capture photographic proof of the solar corona during the event for further study. The team included Smithsonian photographer Thomas Smillie, who headed up the mission?s photographic component. Smillie rigged cameras to seven telescopes and successfully made eight glass-plate negatives, ranging in size from eleven by fourteen inches to thirty by thirty inches. At the time, Smillie?s work was considered an amazing photographic and scientific achievement.

And then I was reminded of some really nice images that our pal Jeff Mclane took – Solaroids are unique prints, produced using large format Fuji instant film, which undergo long exposures of direct UV light.

xx SG

Stefani Greenwood, Fields of flowers