Photography at the National Museum of American History

Following on from today’s earlier post about the National Portrait Gallery, I thought it would be nice to bring attention to photography-related items from the website of the NMAH, which reopened at the end of last week.

The Photography Collection includes various photography-related items, including a daguerrotype of Daguerre, the camera used to capture the first photographs of an execution by electric chair, and the patent model for Muybridge’s stop-action mechanism.

The NMAH’s Archives Center holds a number of items in its own Photography Collection. There seem to be few images online, but the finding aids can make for fascinating reading of the history of photography.

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~ by David Cupp on November 25, 2008.

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