Framed Photograph of a True Lignum Vital Tree

Description (Brief)
This photograph of a true lignum vital tree is one of forty-nine framed black and white photographic prints bequeathed to the Smithsonian by William F. Bucher of Washington, D.C. Bucher, a cabinetmaker, framed each photograph in wood of the same species as the tree depicted in the print. The photos were displayed in a special exhibition, Our Trees and their Woods at the United States National Museum in 1931.
The tree depicted in this photograph was located in Trinidad and the image was made by C.D. Mell. The frame is made of lignum vitae on white pine.
Currently not on view
Object Name
photograph & frame
Date made
frame maker
Bucher, William F.
Mell, C. D.
Physical Description
wood (frame material)
glass (frame material)
overall: 15 1/8 in x 13 1/4 in x 7/8 in; 38.4175 cm x 33.655 cm x 2.2225 cm
place made
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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