Photograph of the Moon

Photograph of the Moon

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Lewis M. Rutherfurd built an observatory in the garden of his house in lower Manhattan in 1856, and installed a refracting telescope achromatized for the photographic rays. He took this remarkable lunar image in March 1865, three days after first quarter, and sent copies to astronomers in the United States and abroad.
This example came from Princeton University. It is marked "Lewis M. Rutherfurd" and "N. Y. March 6, 1865." It measures 23⅞ inches high x 17½ inches wide.
Ref: D. J. Warner, "Lewis M. Rutherfurd: Pioneer Astronomical Photographer and Spectroscopist," Technology and Culture 12 (1971): 190-216.
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Object Name
Photograph of the Moon
date made
Rutherfurd, Lewis Morris
place made
United States: New York
overall: 19 1/2 in x 25 1/2 in x 7/8 in; 49.53 cm x 64.77 cm x 2.2225 cm
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Credit Line
Princeton University
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This ought to be a poster! A photo of the moon that is more than 150 years old; I want it in my Science classroom.

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