From the Smithsonian:
Yesterday, our National Museum of American History added more items to its LGBTQ History collection. The items are not on view yet, but you can see many of them online now.
LGBTQ History is an important part of the American experience and the Smithsonian is committed to making sure these stories are told. In a blog post, a curator reflects on collecting and interpreting LGBTQ material culture.
Image description: The National Museum of American History recently received a donation of more than 20 Jim Henson puppets and props from the Henson family.
The Museum’s conservation lab had to work on the puppets to get them ready for the donation ceremony. Some of the puppets are the originals and the materials used in their original creation were not meant to last for decades.
Learn more about conserving these beloved puppets. You can also view more photos from the lab.
Image description: The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum recently launched Object of the Day to showcase the more than 217,000 objects in their collection.
This image, “Design for Streamline Sleeper Car with Two Seat Compartment,” is one of the featured objects. It was created by Raymond Loewy, an industrial designer, on January 16, 1935. Loewy created designs for the original Coca-Cola contour bottle and logo, the Exxon logo, and the Avanti car in the 1950s and 1960s design. He is lesser known for his work for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Learn more about this object.
Image description: This photograph of stuffed specimens was taken in 1906 by Thomas Smillie, the first photographer for the Smithsonian. It is an example of the day-to-day documentation of Smithsonian life and museum installations that Smillie and his staff regularly performed. He used blue cyanotypes like this one to keep track of the glass-plate negatives his staff made, in part because the medium presented a quick and inexpensive way to create photographic prints.
Image courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives