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New York, 1909. "Political museums, Union Square." Two dueling exhibits, one mounted by the Committee of 100 against the Tammany Hall political machine, and the other a counter-exhibit staged by Tammany partisans. The particulars here are enough to make your eyes glaze over, although I was happy to see that someone fixed a misplaced apostrophe in the banner on the right. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.
1919. "Air view, National Museum (Smithsonian)." They call the Smithsonian Institution the nation's attic, but if they made it the nation's basement instead, the first term could more suitably be applied to the top of the Washington Monument. Here we see two visitors peering from its portals. Harris & Ewing. View full size.