Earliest known Smithsonian photograph on display

Louise Jones

Louise Jones

2015-08-12 14:14:16

The earliest known photograph of the Smithsonian Museum is to go on display at the institution to commemorate its 169th anniversary.

The image dates back to 1850.

Richard Stamm, curator of the Smithsonian Castle Collection, comments: “The Smithsonian has hundreds of photographs in its collections of the Castle, but none of the building under construction, which makes this image quite remarkable.

“The photograph is important because it verifies much of the written history we have about the odd way in which the Castle was built—the wings first and the main central section last. It greatly adds to the historical record we have for this national historic landmark.”

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