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Spitz Planetarium

Spitz Planetarium

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Armand Spitz was a newspaperman and science educator who began developing planetariums in the early 1940s. His planetariums proliferated in the aftermath of Sputnik, and may be said to have democratized astronomy education. Inexpensive and easy to use, they brought planetarium shows into schools, colleges, and other community buildings around the country. The A2, introduced in the summer of 1958, was the most popular model. This example was made by the Spitz Laboratories, Inc. in Yorklyn, Delaware, and was used at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
ca 1960
Spitz, Armand
Spitz Laboratories, Inc.
Place Made
United States: Delaware, Yorklyn
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
plywood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 94 in x 60 in x 28 in; 238.76 cm x 152.4 cm x 71.12 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Montgomery College
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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