Historic Photos
Penguins in Antarctica
1947

Penguins in Antarctica

1947

Thomas Smillie was the Smithsonian’s first photographer and curator of photography. He and his studio staff re-shot many of the photographs collected by the institution’s scientists, including documentation of Smithsonian-sponsored expeditions as well as images of scientific phenomena.

1890

Thomas Smillie was the Smithsonian’s first photographer and curator of photography. He and his studio staff re-shot many of the photographs collected by the institution’s scientists, including documentation of Smithsonian-sponsored expeditions as well as images of scientific phenomena.


1890

Highland cow, somewhere in Scotland, 13 or 14 August 1958.

BLACK CAT AUDITIONS IN HOLLYWOOD, 1961

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Girl on Horseback], ca. 1909

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Girl on Horseback], ca. 1909

Caparisoned Elephant

Artist: Bourne and ShepherdArtist Bio: Indian photography studio, established 1866Creation Date: 1874-1876

Caparisoned Elephant

Artist: Bourne and Shepherd
Artist Bio: Indian photography studio, established 1866
Creation Date: 1874-1876

Marine Life Is Taken From Water near the P.H. Robinson Generating Plant. This Crayfish, Which Has Been Exposed to Thermal Pollution, Will Be Studied by Biologists From Texas a & M University 07/1972

Photographer: Olive, Jim

Marine Life Is Taken From Water near the P.H. Robinson Generating Plant. This Crayfish, Which Has Been Exposed to Thermal Pollution, Will Be Studied by Biologists From Texas a & M University 07/1972


Photographer: Olive, Jim


My Uncle Herman Holmberg with a Elephant of the Cole Brothers Circus.

My Uncle Herman Holmberg with a Elephant of the Cole Brothers Circus.

"Best Easter Wishes." Chick pulling flowers in small wagon. Rotograph Company of New York, 1908.

"Best Easter Wishes." Chick pulling flowers in small wagon. Rotograph Company of New York, 1908.

At Sklinna

A seal has been shot at Sklinna lighthouse in Nord-Trøndelag. Anders Folkestadås worked as foremann at Sklinna during the construction of the lighthouse in 1910.
Photographer: Anders Folkestadås
Date: 1910

At Sklinna



A seal has been shot at Sklinna lighthouse in Nord-Trøndelag. Anders Folkestadås worked as foremann at Sklinna during the construction of the lighthouse in 1910.

Photographer: Anders Folkestadås

Date: 1910