Dating stereoviews color
These photographs were called because the process used paper that was coated with a solution containing egg whites.
The process, invented in 1850 by Frenchman Louis D.
The hall was 200 feet long by 52 feet wide at the time, however, it has since been shortened by 60 feet in length.
The card is inscribed on the back: 1872Albumen print on paper, salmon colored cardboard mount3.5" x 7"SI.2004.017 By: Bell & Brother View of the Upper Main Hall in the Smithsonian Building looking toward the northeast showing the initial installation of the plaster casts of pre-historic mammals in the hall.
1869Albumen print on paper, salmon colored cardboard mount3.5" x 7"SI.1992.006 By: Bell & Brother View of the Lower Main Hall in the Smithsonian Building (now the Great Hall) looking east with a man reading a book while leaning on an exhibit case.
The hall was filled at the time with natural history specimens such as birds, mammals, and fish as well as fossils, minerals, and anthropological artifacts.
Visible in the background is a terra cotta pulpit also by Henry Doulton & Co.
1858Albumen print on paper, yellow colored cardboard mount3.25" x 6.75"SI.2004.020 By: American Stereoscopic Co., Langenheim, Lloyd & Co.
View of the Picture Gallery in the Upper Main Hall in the Smithsonian Building looking toward a corner of the room which contained a copy by John Gott of the ancient Greek statue the "Dying Gaul." Behind the statue, hung salon style, were the portraits of American Indians and Indian Life painted by artists John Mix Stanley and Charles Bird King.
and directly in front of the America group is a hand carved terra cotta baptismal font.
The card is inscribed on the front: 1865Albumen print on paper, yellow colored cardboard mount3.25" x 6.75"SI.2005.004 By: George D.
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A large meteor, described as resembling an "immense signet ring," sits on a wooden platform surrounded by several other examples of meteorites and other large minerals.