Framed Photograph of a Blue Ash Tree

This photograph of a blue ash tree is one of forty-nine framed black and white photographic prints bequeathed to the Smithsonian by William F. Bucher of Washington, D.C. The collection represents a labor of love for Bucher, a cabinetmaker, who framed each photograph in wood of the same species as the tree depicted in the print. Bucher explained the philosophy behind his collection in a 1931 letter to the Museum: "'Old World' trees have gathered about them so much folklore and poetry, I thought it would be interesting to show by pictures and wood, that many of our American trees have attained by their own merits, an equal right to a place in the 'hall of fame.'"
The tree depicted in this photograph was located in Kentucky and the image was made by the United States Forest Service. The frame is solid ash. It was displayed with Bucher's other framed photographs of living trees in a special exhibition, Our Trees and their Woods at the United States National Museum in 1931. The collection stands as a romantic reminder of America's diverse forestry resources and landscapes in the early years of the 20th century.
Currently not on view
Object Name
photograph & frame
Date made
frame maker
Bucher, William F.
U.S. Department of Agriculture. Forest Service
Physical Description
wood (frame material)
glass (frame material)
overall: 39 cm x 34 cm; 15 3/8 in x 13 3/8 in
Place Made
United States: Kentucky
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
maker number
Natural Resources
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Work and Industry: Forestry
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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