Sunshine Recorder

Sunshine Recorder

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Description
This sunshine recorder is essentially a pinhole camera that records the image of the moving sun onto a piece of photo-sensitive paper. The form was developed in the 1880s by James B. Jordan in London and used by the British Meteorological Service. The Water Resources Branch of the U.S. Geological Society transferred this example to the Smithsonian in 1908.
Ref: James B. Jordan, “Jordan’s New Pattern Photographic Sunshine Recorder,” Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 14 (1888): 212-217.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sunshine recorder
Measurements
overall: 5 1/4 in x 5 7/8 in x 4 7/8 in; 13.335 cm x 14.9225 cm x 12.3825 cm
ID Number
PH.248689
catalog number
248689
accession number
48341
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National Museum of American History
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