Innovation

On the left, a 1966 Ford Mustang (yellow). On the right, a young man holding keys. Photo is from 1970s.
In the early 1960s, activists, professionals, and idealists changed America, making headlines and history. In 1964, the year of the New...
Vest with gold buttons
Scholar Sarah Weicksel continues her exploration of Civil War clothing with a look at the bullet proof vest.In late March 1862,...
Lithograph of city on fire, boats in harbor
All of the objects in the collections of the National Museum of American History are interesting and important in their own way, but few...
Technicolor camera
Editor's note: Worn by 16-year-old Judy Garland during the filming of The Wizard of Oz, the Ruby Slippers are one of the most...
The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
Gray camera with strap
Kodachrome film. Courtesy of George Eastman HouseThough not unexpected, the news still came as a shock: on January 19, 2012, the 132-year-...
As an intern in the Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History in the summer of 2010, I set out to survey...
As far as anybody knows, Steve Jobs did not have a drop of Italian blood, even by osmosis from his adoptive parents. Yet he clearly had a...
Squishy gunk in tubes. This space food package in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum contains pureed beef...
Gold frame containing black and white photo of man in hat showing off some type of instrument in box
If “matter can neither be created nor destroyed,” as the ancient Greek philosophers postulated, can the same principle be applied to...
Black base with Pac-Man logo. On top, large yellow Pac-Man.
A few weeks ago, I discovered, like millions of others, that Google had changed their online logo again to commemorate another special...
Technicolor camera with large lens, camera casing, and four wheels
Every day can be an adventure for the curators, specialists, interns, and volunteers who spend their days digging and researching in the...
Margarita machine
Why is this homely little brown box, with its sign that identifies it as the "World's First Margarita Machine," living at the Smithsonian?...
Pink brochure with butterflies on the cover, pack of pills, and document
Only a few weeks into my internship I’ve already learned that the fastest way to create awkward silence, where even the cricket chokes, is...
Many people have seen black and white photographs of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. But the earthquake photographs shown below are...
I did not get my flu shot last fall. The threat of, or at least the media attention about, “avian flu” had abated, and I missed the...

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