Framed Photograph of a Mahogany Grove

Description (Brief)
This photograph of a mahogany 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 Valencia, Venezuela, and the image was taken by C.D. Mell. The frame is made of thin mahogany veneer on cypress. The back bead is walnut and the glass bead is satin wood.
Currently not on view
Object Name
photograph & frame
Date made
Mell, C. D.
frame maker
Bucher, William F.
Physical Description
wood (frame material)
glass (frame material)
overall: 31.4 cm x 25.8 cm; 12 3/8 in x 10 3/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
maker number
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Work and Industry: Forestry
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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